The Australian Hotels Association (WA) welcomes efforts being made by the WA State Government to secure new flight paths from China into Western Australia.
To capitalise on the immense opportunities associated with the growth in visitor numbers from China, it is critical that all levels of Government pursue ways in which passengers can be facilitated into the state.
AHA(WA) CEO Bradley Woods said Western Australia has much to offer the millions of prospective visitors from China and he was pleased that the McGowan Government was proactively seeking out new opportunities.
Recent forecasts predict the number of Chinese tourists arriving in Australia is set to reach a staggering 3.3 million each year by 2026, with associated annual income surging to $13 billion by 2020.
“Western Australia’s hotels, restaurants and bars are in a uniquely advantageous position that creates exciting prospects for the state,” Mr Woods said.
“Not only is WA in the same time zone as China, but we possess everything that prospective travellers want from Australia – an abundance of unique destinations with world-class food, beverage, accommodation and service.
“With more Chinese visitors seeking to come to Australia, it is important that we look at how we can best facilitate their travel,” Mr Woods said.
In order for Western Australians to share in this economic boost, Governments must take practical action to promote the state as the first Australian destination for travellers.
“It is very pleasing to see the State Government taking such practical steps to secure more visitors to Western Australia,” Mr Woods said.
“We continue to work with all levels of Government on behalf of AHA members to ensure the right policy settings are in place so visitors have the amazing experience in WA they expect and deserve.”