Media Releases

Industry welcome new Tourism Australia Managing Director

28 January 2014

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has warmly welcomed the appointment of John O’Sullivan as the new Managing Director of Tourism Australia.

“Tourism Australia plays a crucial role in attracting international visitors to Western Australia” said Mr Hall.

“John was a great champion for the tourism industry in his former position at Events Queensland and I am sure this will continue in his new role” said Mr Hall.

“I look forward to working with John again” said Mr Hall

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New Westin Hotel a major investment in WA Tourism

23 December 2013

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has warmly welcomed the announcement that a new 350 room five star Westin hotel will be developed at the FESA House site in Perth by BGC.

“This new 350 room hotel represents a significant investment in Western Australia’s growing tourism industry” said Mr Hall.

“Perth still has one of the highest hotel occupancy rates in the world” said Mr Hall “and this new hotel will add much needed rooms for business and leisure tourists” said Mr Hall.

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Winning back tourists from the east coast

11 November 2013

Latest data released today by Tourism Research Australia shows that domestic tourism (interstate and intrastate) into WA is up by 10% to 6.768 million visitors over the 12 months to September 2013. The increase injecting an additional $195 million into the Western Australian economy.

The National Visitor Survey showed the strongest growth came from a 27% increase in interstate leisure tourists, with 343,000 visiting Western Australia.

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Kings Park reigns over the WA tourism industry

10 November 2013

Last night, at the Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards Gala Dinner, the tourism industry gathered to recognise and reward the extraordinary tourism experiences 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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Tourism welcomes regional event boost

29 October 2013

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has welcomed the Government’s announcement of $750,000 funding for Eventscorp’s Regional Events Scheme (RES) that will fund regional events across WA.

Tourism Council WA believes this RES funding will be critical in enticing interstate and local tourists to explore our extraordinary regional destinations.

“Events are highly effective at getting tourists into regions and spending money on local accommodation, restaurants, shopping and tourist attractions” said Mr Hall.

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Scoot into WA on a low cost flight

16 October 2013

Tourism Council WA CEO has welcomed today’s launch of Scoot Airlines direct flights from Singapore to Perth. The direct flight will create new low cost services from South East Asia to Western Australia.

“Scoot airlines will boost holiday tourists from South East Asia to WA” said Mr Hall.

“We are looking forward to “discount flights from Singapore to Perth for under $100”said Mr Hall.

“Scoot will bring holiday makers from across Asia in WA” said Mr Hall.

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Tourism launches Customer Service revolution

14 October 2013

Tourism Council WA will launch the Customer Service WAy program to revolutionise customer service in WAs tourism towns and precincts. The program will be launched by Tourism Council CEO Evan Hall at the City of Perth Customer Service Awards today.

“WA has extraordinary experiences to offer visitors, but that’s got to be backed up by extraordinary customer service” said Mr Hall.

“We can’t just rely on good beaches and great wine” said Mr Hall “we must lift service standards to attract new tourists and win back repeat visitors”.

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Tourism and education to replace mining as top growth industries

8 October 2013

A major new report has identified tourism and international education as the top economic drivers in Australia’s future. Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has welcomed the report which calls for a refocus of Federal and State Government economic strategy.

“With the mining boom declining it time for government and business to look at other industries that will drive Australia’s growth” said Mr Hall.                                         

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Etihad arrives in Perth, time to get Halal Ready!

4 October 2013

Etihad Airways direct flights to Perth would boost international tourism from the Middle East, Europe and the US according to Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall.

“Etihad flights to Perth would mean more competition and services from Europe through the growing Middle East hub” said Mr Hall.

 “Tourism from the Middle East will continue to grow rapidly as Etihad joins Emirates and Qatar with direct flights to Perth” said Mr Hall.

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Tourism welcomes new Segway tours

2 October 2013

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has welcomed the City of Perth’s first Segway tour which were officially launched today by the Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi.

Segway Tours WA, are based on Barrack Street Jetty and offer visitors and locals sightseeing tours along the riverfront in a new fun way.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said “developing new tourism product is critical to the growth of the WA industry and it is fantastic to see a new and exciting tourism experience being launched in WA.”

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