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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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Stunning design will make stadium a tourism icon

17 July 2014

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has applauded the stunning design of the new Perth Stadium and predicts the stadium will become a major tourism attraction and icon for Western Australia.

50,000 sports spectators already visit WA each year, adding more than $60 million to the state economy. Sporting events are a major tourism driver and the industry believes the new Perth stadium will significantly increase international and interstate tourism to WA.

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Tourism boost creates 2,000 jobs

9 July 2014

Tourism Council WA estimates the tourism industry has created over 2,000 jobs following a major boost in domestic tourism.

The National Visitor Survey released today by Tourism Research Australia shows that domestic overnight visitors increased by 9.1% for the year ending March 2014. These visitors spent an additional $451 million in the state economy and creating new jobs across the state. Tourism Council WA estimates that tourism now creates 93,000 jobs in WA.

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Tourism welcomes coastal revitalisation

13 June 2014

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has welcomed today’s announcement of a new Coastal Towns and Settlements Cabinet Subcommittee.

“WA’s coast-line is one of our great natural treasures and we welcome new tourism experiences that will engage locals and tourists” said Mr Hall.

“Destinations like Coral Bay and Esperance are an important part of the WA brand and must be protected and revitalised as extraordinary experiences” said Mr Hall.

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National Park investment will boost tourism

28 May 2014

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has welcomed the extensive upgrades of Western Australia’s National Parks camping grounds and facilities announced by the State Government today.

“Last year WA attracted over 1.8 million holiday tourists into our National Parks across regional WA, but we can significantly increase this with new upgrades and developments” said Mr Hall.  

“This Royalties for Regions investment will bring visitors, dollars and jobs back to regional tourism towns” said Mr Hall.

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A New Museum for Destination Perth

15 May 2014

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has endorsed today’s announcement that the State Government has started funding for the New Museum WA. Museum WA will be a major new attraction drawing visitors to Destination Perth.

“The tourism industry expects the new Museum WA to attract 200,000 more visitors each year including over 100,000 international and interstate visitors who will spend $11 million per day in Perth” said Mr Hall.

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Industry welcomes budget boost for Indigenous Tourism

8 May 2014

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has welcomed the additional $4.6 million Royalties For Regions budget funding over four years to develop Indigenous Tourism in Western Australia.

Tourism Council WA has been advocating for increased funding for Indigenous Tourism for many years and congratulates the State Government for recognising its importance with this budget commitment. The new funding program will assist indigenous tourism business expand their tourism offering across WA.

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Ultimate luxury hotel to put Destination Perth on the tourist map

26 March 2014

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has warmly welcomed the announcement that a new five star Ritz-Carlton will be developed at Elizabeth Quay in Perth. This new hotel development is a critical step forward for the Destination Perth tourism plan launched by Tourism Council WA this week.

Destination Perth is a landmark tourism strategy to double Perth’s visitor economy to $7.1 billion p.a. and create 11,000 new jobs by 2020 which identified that Perth needs 1,900 new rooms.

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Crown Towers decision a boost for tourism jobs

26 March 2014

Tourism Council WA have welcomed the WA Supreme Court decision today which will enable the Crown Towers hotel development to proceed.

The new 500 room 6-star hotel is a $570 million investment in tourism and will open in 2016. The resort will also have conference and resort facilities and will create 500 new jobs in the industry.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said “this is a major step forward in addressing the hotel shortage, which has been holding back tourism in WA.”

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