Media Releases

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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Marketing campaign unveiled for Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards finalists

2 October 2013

Tonight, at the announcement of the finalists in the 2013 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards, a new marketing package developed by Tourism WA and The Sunday Times was unveiled.

The new marketing campaign will promote Award Finalists and Winners to international and domestic visitors through a number of print, digital and social media networks.

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New President and Board for Tourism Council WA

27 September 2013

Long term Tourism Council WA Director Manny Papadoulis has been elected President by the new Board, following last night’s Annual General Meeting of Tourism Council Members.

The new Tourism Council WA Board comprises:

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Swan River reforms will boost eco-tourism

26 September 2013

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has welcomed the amalgamation of Swan River Trust with the Department of Parks & Wildlife (DPAW). The reforms announced by Environment Minister the Hon Albert Jacobs JP MLA will help create and sustain eco tourism on the Swan and Canning Rivers.

“The Swan River is crucial to Perth’s brand as a tourism destination, it must be protected and celebrated” said Mr Hall.

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New advertising campaign to win back tourists to regional WA

24 September 2013

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has welcomed the new series of cinema and TV advertisements promoting regional WA in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. The advertisements were funded by Royalties for Regions and are being launched in Perth today by Tourism WA.

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

“Domestic tourism marketing has a high return of $20 to $1” said Mr Hall.

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Broken tourism promise to cost 1,300 jobs

8 August 2013

Today’s state budget has delivered only $2 million this year, of the $6 million p.a. investment the Barnett government promised before the election. The promised funding would have been used to attract more tourists to holiday in Western Australia.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said “the government’s broken promise will cost WA $80 million in lost tourist dollars and cost 1,300 jobs across the state.”

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Tourism welcomes appointment of new Minister to take charge of government’s funding promise

2 August 2013

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has welcomed the appointment of Liza Harvey as Tourism Minister. The Minister is responsible for a $7.5 Billion dollar industry which employs 90,000 people across Western Australia. The Minister will be responsible for delivering the government’s election promise of $24 million over 4 years ($6 million p.a.) to market WA as a tourist destination.

“We are delighted to be working with a senior and respected member of cabinet” said Mr Hall.

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Timorese staff to fill gaps during WA tourist seasons

1 August 2013

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has welcomed today’s announcement by the Federal Government to open the Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) to all accommodation businesses in WA. The Seasonal Worker Program will enable staff from Timor to fill low-skilled vacancies during peak tourism seasons.

“The tourism industry congratulates the Federal Employment Minister Brendan O’Connor, and Federal Tourism Minister Gary Gray, for opening the Seasonal Worker Program to accommodation businesses across WA” said Mr Hall.

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