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Tjapukai a hit in Nagoya

September 5, 2013 DESTINATION No Comments Email Email

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park has been asked to return to Nagoya in November following the success of a trip there last month promoting Cairns with United Airlines and Tourism and Events Queensland.

TTNQ Corroboree 2013Chief Executive Officer Geoff Olson said Tjapukai performers Damien Ralphs, Dale Edmund and Norm Barsah were a huge hit with the public and travel agents who were treated to a showcase of Australian Indigenous culture as part of the promotion.

“Japanese commuters were surprised to see Australian Indigenous people in traditional costume on the subway in Nagoya as the Tjapukai trio caught the train to the city’s shopping centres where they were performing,” he said.

Performer Norm Barsah said they were amazed at how much the Japanese knew about Cairns and were delighted to meet a number of people who already had visited the region and experienced Tjapukai.

“They knew about the Great Barrier Reef, the rainforest and Aboriginal people when they participated in a quiz on Cairns at the shopping centres.

“After we performed and showed them how to play the didgeridoo we gave away boomerangs, story stones and stickers.

“We did three performances for groups of travel agents who were treated to exclusive shows promoting tourism in Queensland.”

United Airlines flies into nine major cities in Japan including Nagoya and is connected via Guam to Cairns with two flights a week.

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