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Tuesday, 27 November, 2018, 11 : 30 AM [IST]

Western Australia hopes direct flight connectivity with India will give a push to tourist inflows

According to The Hindu Buisness Line, Western Australia expects a direct flight connecting its capital Perth to Delhi or Mumbai to commence in 2019.

“For honeymooners, we have natural beauty, beaches, great wild life, excellent food & wine and customised Indian foods,” Andrew Oldfield, Director (Partnership) at Tourism Western Australia, told visiting Indian journalists here. The delegation was also briefed by other Government officials on the business opportunities in various areas, including global battery supply chain.

During 2017, Australia received 3.35 lakh Indian tourists and earned A$1.5 billion Western Australia alone saw over 28,000 Indians visiting while it earned A$17 million At present, Indians fly mainly via Singapore and Malaysia to reach Perth. The local administration expects direct flight between the two countries will help more and more people coming from India. Direct flight to Perth from Mumbai will cut down the flying time to 8 ½ hours from over 15-16 hours now.

Air India is exploring the business viability of a direct flight to Perth. At present it has a direct flight (only one) to Sydney and Melbourne. “We have started a special programme to train over 3,700 travel agents in India.18 tourism operators are coming to Perth to watch the cricket match between India and Australia and also to get familiarised with the city,” Oldfield said, adding that ESPN will telecast a special programme during the ongoing series. Also, cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle will promote Western Australia through social media.

(Source: thehindubuisnessline)

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