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AirAsia Partnership to Bring More Holidaymakers to Western Australia

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Photo Caption (L-R):- Tourism Western Australia Country Manager for Singapore and Malaysia Ava Ang; Western Australia Tourism Minister Hon. Paul Papalia; AirAsia X Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail and AirAsia X Malaysia Marketing Manager Chia PinYu flanked by AirAsia Cabin Crew at the signing ceremony.

  • Marketing campaigns to promote Western Australia’s tourism highlights in Malaysia, India, China and Japan
  • Partnership focused on stimulating affordable air travel to Perth, Western Australia
  • Part of the Western Australian State Government’s A$12 million (RM34 million) International Marketing fund
  • Campaign activity in Malaysia alone expected to generate more than 29,000 visitors

SEPANG, 3 July 2019 – The Western Australia State Government, through its tourism agency, Tourism Western Australia, has announced an expanded cooperative marketing agreement with leading low-cost airline, AirAsia in Malaysia today.

Announced by Tourism Minister Paul Papalia at AirAsia’s global headquarters, RedQ, the agreement aims to further promote the State’s tourism highlights in markets such as Malaysia, India, China and Japan. 

The deal, worth A$1 million (RM2.87 million), has the potential to bring thousands of holidaymakers to the State.

The agreement will see joint marketing campaigns developed to promote affordable flights to Western Australia, including flight deals, print, television, radio, cinema and online advertising.

The deal forms part of the expanded A$12 million (RM34 million) international marketing boost announced by Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan and Mr Papalia in March to grow the State’s visitor economy. 

It is hoped the combined campaign activity in Malaysia alone will generate more than 29,000 visitors. 

Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:

“We know that well promoted low-cost air fares are a strong drawcard for people to visit Western Australia and this deal with AirAsia will provide that in some of our important markets such as Malaysia, India, China and Japan. 

“Malaysia is Western Australia’s second biggest source of overseas visitors, so we know Malaysians love what Western Australia has to offer. 

“This cooperative marketing agreement will not only encourage more Malaysians to visit the State but the marketing activity in connecting markets of India, China and Japan will help entice holidaymakers from those markets as well. 

“Growing tourism is key to the State Government’s plan to diversify the economy, create jobs and develop business opportunities. 

“Increasing the number of people travelling here from overseas will help achieve those objectives, which is why we committed an extra A$12 million (RM 34 million) to Tourism Western Australia’s international marketing activity.

“It is the biggest international marketing push in the State’s history and we hope to see thousands more people come to Western Australia as a result of this surge in activity.”

Speaking on the expanded partnership, AirAsia X Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail said: “We are excited to take our partnership with Tourism Western Australia to new heights and, through this new marketing agreement, grow demand for air travel from markets such as Malaysia, India, China and Japan. 

“Since we began flying to Western Australia in November 2008, we’ve carried more than three million guests on Kuala Lumpur-Perth, Bali-Perth and our latest route between Lombok and Perth, which was launched last month. In 2018, AirAsia carried more than 585,000 guests to and from Western Australia.

“Demand for Perth and greater Western Australia is evident and the continuous support from Tourism Western Australia will enable us to push the envelope in terms of tourist arrivals through joint marketing efforts in Malaysia, India, China and Japan, where our route network is the strongest.”  

To celebrate the announcement, AirAsia is offering fares from as low as RM299* one-way on standard seats and 20% off its award-winning Premium Flatbed for flights between Kuala Lumpur and Perth. These low fares are available for booking on or the AirAsia mobile app from now until 7 July 2019.*

The signing follows the successful launch of Tourism Western Australia’s Muslim Travel Guide. The guide features stunning road trip routes, itineraries, must-visit attractions, restaurants and Muslim-friendly facilities in the State.

For more information about Tourism Western Australia and to view the newly-launched Muslim Guide, visit or log on to the Western Australia Facebook page. To book your next AirAsia flight to Perth, Western Australia, visit

* Promotional all-in member fares are for one-way travel only, inclusive of taxes. Booking period 3-7 July 2019 for travel from now until 21 November 2019. Refer to Terms and Conditions here.

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