WA TO WELCOME MORE FLIGHTS FROM INDONESIA
Today’s announcement of additional flights from Indonesia to Perth is more welcome news for Western Australians, the state economy and WA’s hotel and hospitality industry.
Garuda’s decision to boost flights from Jakarta to Perth to five each week will see WA capitalise on a rapidly growing tourism market just to our north.
Australian Hotels Association (WA) CEO Bradley Woods said while WA’s traditional markets remained of critical importance, capitalising on opportunities in less obvious markets such as Indonesia was vital.
“Recent research showed that Indonesia’s middle class is expected to rise to 23.9 million households in 2030,”
“The rising middle class in Indonesia holds great potential and we are pleased to see efforts being made by the State Government to tap into this opportunity,” Mr Woods said.
“Being just a stone’s throw away and given our state’s close ties with the country, WA is very well positioned to attract a large portion of those Indonesians who want to travel abroad,” Mr Woods said.
In the year ending September 2017 there was a 12.8 per cent increase in the number of Indonesian visitors to Western Australia.
“This increase in demand is not surprising when you consider the incredible food, beverage and experiences that WA has to offer, not to mention some of the fantastic deals that are currently available on a range of accommodation options” Mr Woods said.
“Today’s announcement will help many more travellers get to Perth each week which is great news for WA’s hotels, restaurants, pubs and bars.”
Today’s news follows several other encouraging announcements in recent months, including likely direct flights from Shanghai to Perth, Qatar increasing the capacity of its flights from Doha, direct flights from Singapore to Broome and with the direct flights from London to Perth commencing next month.