Media Releases

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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Perth to overtake Gold Coast as 4th top tourism destination under new strategy

24 March 2014

Tourism Council WA will today release Destination Perth, a landmark tourism strategy to double Perth’s visitor economy to $7.1 billion p.a., create 11,000 new jobs and overtake the Gold Coast as Australia’s 4th most popular destination for international visitors.

Tourism Council CEO Evan Hall will launch the strategy at a gathering of tourism industry leaders. The strategy identifies the infrastructure, attractions, accommodation, experiences and events needed in Perth by 2020 to:

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Study finds Perth needs four new conference venues by 2018

26 February 2014

Tourism Council WA released a key research paper today which shows Perth needs four new hotel conference venues by 2018 to cater for an additional 4000 conference delegates per day in the city.

The Perth Business Events Supply and Demand Study shows four planned hotel developments in Perth are needed to deliver an extra 6000m² of venue space for banquets, conferences, cocktail parties, trade exhibitions and other events.

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Kings Park and the City of Swan bring home gold for WA

11 February 2014

Tourism Council WA congratulates all WA medallists of the 2013 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.  Winners were announced at the Gala dinner held at Luna Park in Sydney last Friday the 7th February, which saw WA take home five medals.

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

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