Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) Government Relations Director and Tourism Australia (TA) Board Member Bradley Woods represented Australia’s hotel industry at the highly successful Australia-Japan Tourism Cooperation Dialogue.
The dialogue, which was held in Perth last week, has helped strengthen ties and progress opportunities with one of Australia’s major economic partners.
Mr Woods said the event coincided with the inaugural All Nippon Airways (ANA) direct flight from Perth to Tokyo and was attended by key industry stakeholders, dignitaries and ambassadors to enhance tourism markets for both countries.
“The Dialogue attracted high profile decision makers from Australia and Japan and provided a forum at which substantial ideas and opportunities were explored to the benefit of both tourism markets,” Mr Woods said.
“Japan and Australia already share close economic and people-to-people ties, however, there is significant potential for us to build on this relationship.”
“The commencement of the new ANA direct flights between Tokyo and Perth will by itself bring an additional 76,000 visitors from Japan to Australia over the next three years and inject $175.5 million into Australia’s economy.”
“We are fortunate to have a strong base on which we can build further opportunities that will deliver long and lasting outcomes for our accommodation and tourism industries and the many thousands of hospitality venues that will derive substantial benefits from closer engagement between the two countries.”
In 2018, Japan was Australia’s fifth largest inbound market for visitor arrivals and for total visitor spend.
From 2014 to 2018 inclusive, the number of short-term visitors from Japan arriving in Australia increased by 40 per cent and by 2026–27, Australia will welcome an estimated 626,000 Japanese tourists who will contribute $3.7 billion to the Australian economy.
Participants in the dialogue included the Commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency Mr Hiroshi Tabata, Australia’s Ambassador to Japan, Mr Richard Court AC, the President of Japan National Tourism Organisation Mr Ryoichi Matsuyama, the Chairman of Japan Association of Travel Agents Mr Tadashi Shimura, Acting Managing Director of Tourism Australia Phillipa Harrison, Austrade CEO Dr Stephanie Fahey and leading industry stakeholders.