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Capitalise on low dollar for jobs, growth

27 January 2015

The tourism industry can capitalise on the Australian dollar falling below 80 US cents, but needs the State government to invest in marketing, according to TCWA CEO Evan Hall.

With such a competitive exchange rate, overseas trips are less appealing to Australians and overseas visitors are more likely to travel to the country.

“This can be a boom time for tourism in Western Australia – more Australians are likely to travel in WA and more international visitors are taking advantage of the low dollar,” Mr Hall said.

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Airport Plan key for modern Perth

16 January 2015

Perth Airport’s Master Plan is a key step forward for a modern global city like Perth, Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said today.

Mr Hall welcomed the approval of the Master Plan by the Federal Government, which maps out Perth Airport’s strategic direction for the next 20 years.

“The delivery of the components of the Plan will result in both a greater visitor experience and more competitive pricing between airlines,” Mr Hall said.

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New Tourism WA commissioner welcomed

15 January 2015

Tourism Council WA welcomes the Minister for Tourism’s announcement that Nicole Lockwood has been appointed to the Board of Commissioners of Tourism WA.

TCWA CEO Evan Hall said Ms Lockwood’s experience in regional development, infrastructure and planning would be an appreciated addition to the Board.

“It is vitally important to have a diverse range of skills among the Tourism WA Commissioners, and Ms Lockwood brings a valuable wealth of experience to the Board,” Mr Hall said.

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Time to promote Western Australia as a good value holiday

19 December 2014

The State government can take advantage of competitive accommodation rates across the State and promote Western Australia as a good value holiday destination to interstate and international markets, according to Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall.

Figures released by the Australia Bureau of Statistics today show that accommodation occupancy rates fell from 68 per cent to 63 per cent in the 2013-14 financial year, while the average room rate fell from $191 to $184.

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Capital legislation to boost Perth as tourist destination

16 December 2014

Legislation recognising Perth as the State’s capital city is necessary to ensure the city’s development as Western Australia’s premier tourist destination, Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said today.

Tourism Council WA welcomed the announcement by Premier Colin Barnett today that a City of Perth Act would be introduced to Parliament next year following a period of consultation.

“It is essential for Perth to have capital city legislation,” Mr Hall said.

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Domestic tourism injects $4.6b into State economy

10 December 2014

Western Australians are seeing the value of travelling within the State, with domestic tourism injecting $4.6billion into the State economy over the past 12 months – a 12 per cent increase on the previous year and three times the national increase.

Figures from the National Visitor Survey for the year to September 2014, released today, show domestic overnight visitors in Western Australia increased by seven per cent to 7.2 million visitors, which is above the national increase of five per cent.

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Hames’ return to tourism welcomed

8 December 2014

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has today welcomed the re-appointment of Dr Kim Hames as Tourism Minister. Minister Hames demonstrated a great understanding of tourism when he previously filled the role and was highly regarded by the industry.

“The Deputy Premier and Tourism positions go well together because the industry is such a major contributor to the State economy,” Mr Hall said.

“As Tourism Minister, Dr Hames will be responsible for an $8.7 billion industry, creating 91,000 jobs across the State.

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Stadium build crucial for future jobs

7 December 2014

Tourism Council WA has applauded today’s start of construction on the new Perth Stadium. When completed the Stadium will attract international and interstate spectators to WA, bringing new tourism dollars and jobs to the state. Tourism currently creates over 91,000 jobs in WA.

“The Stadium will be our State’s top tourism asset” said Mr Hall, CEO of Tourism Council WA

“The start of stadium build is a milestone in the development of the WA tourism industry”

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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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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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