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Securing a direct air connectivity from India to Western Australia is a priority: Western Australia Deputy Premier

Former Australian cricket star Brad Hogg has joined the Western Australia (WA) Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism, the Hon. Roger Cook MLA, and Tourism WA Managing Director Carolyn Turnbull for meetings and engagements in Delhi and Mumbai to promote Australia’s largest state ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup taking place later this year.

While speaking in Mumbai, Brad Hogg spoke about all things cricket right from the highly anticipated ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, to his now infamous wicket of Andy Flower in the 2003 World Cup. Brad also shared his favourite spots in Perth, and why Western Australia (WA) is the ideal destination for cricket lovers, travellers and adventure seekers.

Brad and the Deputy Premier highlighted Western Australia’s own “Venue of the Year”- the Perth Stadium, which will host many key matches, including India’s game with South Africa in less than four months.

Addressing the gathering, Cook said, “India remains a priority market for WA, and I’m delighted to be leading this trade mission to meet with key partners and stakeholders in-person. Following the return of international visitors to Western Australia, we have seen an influx of visitors from India with WA arrivals in May reaching more than 90 per cent of pre-COVID levels, and forward bookings for July and August are even higher than before the pandemic.”

Throwing light on connectivity, he said that securing a direct aviation route from India to Western Australia is a key aviation priority for the Western Australian Government. “As it would create even more opportunities for tourism and investment in both destinations, while helping to reconnect visitors from India with their loved ones in Western Australia while providing a huge boost for WA travel and accommodation businesses.”

Carolyn Turnbull, Managing Director, Tourism Western Australia, said, “We have received a very warm welcome in India and have hit the ground running, engaging with key travel and media contacts and meeting with aviation stakeholders, to showcase all the adventures that await visitors from India.”

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