Tourism is set to soar from Lon­don

Avon Valley Gazette - - OPINION -

TOURISM will take off across WA on the an­nounce­ment of the Lon­donPerth di­rect in­ter­na­tional ser­vice. Tourism Coun­cil WA wel­comes the an­nounce­ment and con­grat­u­lates Qan­tas, Perth Air­port and the State Govern­ment for reach­ing an agree­ment to de­liver the ser­vice. Lon­don is the world’s big­gest air­port hub with di­rect con­nec­tions across Europe and to the east coast of the United States. The Lon­don- Perth di­rect ser­vice will put Perth on the world map. Perth will grab the world’s at­ten­tion as the gate­way to Aus­tralia from Europe and the east coast of the USA. It’s not just Lon­don di­rect to Perth, it means one stop from New York to Perth or Lon­don to Broome. Us­ing the Qan­tas do­mes­tic ter­mi­nal, means a seam­less trans­fer from Lon­don to do­mes­tic flights to Syd­ney and Mel­bourne. This is im­por­tant for the vi­a­bil­ity of the ser­vice, but the State Govern­ment and tourism in­dus­try need to work with Qan­tas to en­sure pas­sen­gers don’t just tran­sit at Perth Air­port but get out and spend time and money in WA. It is crit­i­cal the State Govern­ment works with Qan­tas to en­sure free or dis­count stop- overs in Perth for those fly­ing be­tween Lon­don and east- coast Aus­tralia. The tourism in­dus­try will work with Qan­tas to pack­age stopovers and con­nect­ing flights from Lon­don to Broome, Exmouth and Al­bany.

Tourism Coun­cil WA CEO Evan Hall

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