Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams today welcomed the Japanese Consul General, Dr Masahiro Kohara to the Mid North Coast.
Dr Kohara was invited by the MP to explore and experience some of the region’s most popular tourist attractions, taste local produce and meet local tourism industry representatives.
Mrs Williams said Dr Kohara’s visit would highlight the many options available to visitors from Japan, which could encourage them to choose Port Macquarie as a holiday destination.
“While many overseas visitors to NSW will have a stopover in Sydney high on their list, this Government encourages all holidaymakers to visit a regional or coastal area like Port Macquarie,” Mrs Williams said.
“With dozens of hotels, motels, caravan parks and serviced apartments on offer, the area is well equipped to host overseas guests.
“And with a selection of transport options to the area, including two dedicated flight services to and from Sydney, the Mid North Coast is an accessible and attractive location.”
Mrs Williams said she was pleased to be able to host Dr Kohara for the day and show him why Port Macquarie was such a popular holiday spot.
“We have the sun and surf, beautiful rainforests and the Billabong Sanctuary, where I hope Dr Kohara will take the opportunity to get up close with a koala,” Mrs Williams said.
“With about 60,000 visitors choosing to spend a night in the Port Macquarie area over the four years to 2011, we hope to continue growing this number by showcasing the very best of what the area has to offer to guests like Dr Kohara.”
“Dr Kohara will be experiencing the many sides of Port Macquarie during his visit, starting with a tour of a local winery and finishing with an oyster shucking demonstration at the Big Oyster.
“I look forward to showing him what our region has to offer,” Mrs Williams said.
Posted on 16 Fri, August, 2013
by Leslie Williams