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WA cracks 800,000 international tourists

3 December 2014

Western Australia has surpassed 800,000 international visitors per annum according to the International Visitor Survey released by Tourism Research Australia today. The report showed 807,000 international visitors spent $2.3 billion in WA over the twelve months to September 2014.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall welcomed the tourism boom which follows increased marketing by the State Government and tourism industry.

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Tourists hungry for the Margaret River Gourmet Escape

18 November 2014

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has welcomed the Government’s announcement of funding over the next three years for the Margaret River Gourmet Escape event.

“Tourists are hungry for food and wine experiences and this world-class event will attract visitors by showcasing the best of Western Australia’s produce” said Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall.

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Liquor reform to boost WA tourism

18 November 2014

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has welcomed the reforms to the Liquor Control Act introduced to Parliament today. The reforms focus on the needs of patrons and visitors and will boost customer service and tourism across the state.

“Food and alcohol experiences are the single most popular activity of visitors to Western Australia, exceeding shopping, going to the beach and nature-based tourism” said Mr Hall.

“The liquor reforms will unleash Western Australia as a food and wine destination” said Mr Hall.

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Yagan Square design to add vibrancy to the city

14 November 2014

Tourism Council WA’s CEO Evan Hall has welcomed the new design for Yagan Square unveiled today by the State Government.

“Yagan Square will be an amazing precinct where tourists can interact with locals and enjoy the Perth lifestyle” said Mr Hall

“Tourists are hungry for food and wine experiences and the square will attract visitors by showcasing WA’s local produce” said Mr Hall.

“Yagan Square will be brilliant for street level events and evening gatherings” said Evan Hall.

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Gold stars shine at the Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards

26 October 2014

Last night, the tourism industry gathered at the Crown Perth for the Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards Gala Dinner, to recognise and reward the extraordinary tourism experiences and services that Western Australia has to offer.

The Awards showcase the best in the industry for their outstanding customer service, innovation and ongoing business excellence.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said “the Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards highlight tourism excellence and reflect the passion and professionalism of WA tourism operators.”

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Burswood to shine as Perth’s playground

26 September 2014

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the draft Burswood Peninsula District Structure Plan released by the state Government today. The draft plan envisages a mix of tourism, hospitality, sport, entertainment, residential and commercial activity on the peninsula.

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Finalists for the 2014 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards announced

25 September 2014

Finalists in the prestigious 2014 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards were announced tonight at a function attended by over 160 tourism operators at the Novotel Langley Perth.

Tourism Council WA Evan Hall CEO said “the Awards highlight the extraordinary experiences that Western Australian tourism has to offer.”

“The Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards recognise tourism excellence and reflect the passion and professionalism of tourism operators in WA” said Mr Hall.

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International tourists scoot back to WA

4 September 2014

Latest data released today by Tourism Research Australia shows that international tourism to Western Australia is up by 6.7% to 796,300 visitors over the last twelve months. The International Visitor Survey showed the increase was driven by a 7.2% rise in leisure tourism.

“International visitors to WA are up 6.7%” said Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall.

“Over 796,000 international visitors now spend $2.2 billion dollars in WA each year” said Mr Hall

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WA Visitor Centre network must be rebuilt

3 September 2014

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has called for strong local and state government support for Visitor Centres following the release of a report into the sustainability of WA’s visitor centre network.

The report entitled “The future of visitor centres in WA” was commissioned by Tourism WA and shows Visitor Centres are under strain despite their strong contribution to regional economies.

Visitor Centres across WA will be gathering in Kalgoorlie next week to consider the report.

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Air services must be secured

18 August 2014

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has expressed concern with the ongoing viability of regional aviation services following a shake-up of competition and services in regional towns like Exmouth, Esperance and Albany.

Virgin has today announced their intention to reduce aviation services to Albany and Esperance

“Aviation services for non-mining towns are under strain” said Mr Hall.

“We are seeing less competition and reduced number of flights” said Mr Hall.

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