Media Releases

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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WA win funds to help innovate and improve tourism industry

26 July 2013

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the announcement that $1.5 million of Federal grant funds will be spent in WA.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said “public and private investment in tourism products, services and experiences is critical in increasing visitor numbers to WA.”

“It is fantastic to see WA beating all other states, other than NSW in the total amount of funding received” said Mr Hall.

The TQUAL funding will assist the following tourism businesses in WA to increase the quality and range of their visitor experiences:

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Tourism welcomes new Perth attraction

24 July 2013

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has welcomed Adventure World’s new $12 million world-class roller coaster which will be launched this summer.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said “investment in building and developing attractions such as Adventure World, is critical to bring visitors back to WA and this new tourism asset will be enjoyed by both visitors and locals.”

“This coming summer will be crucial to turn around the decline in tourists and it is fantastic to see Perth’s favourite theme park lead the way” said Mr Hall.

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Industry salutes Hames as an extraordinary Tourism Minister

22 July 2013

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has saluted Dr Kim Hames as an extraordinary Tourism Minister and thanked him for his hard work during tough times for the tourism industry.

With mining slowing down and the Australian dollar falling, the tourism recovery is now at a make or break point. The industry wants the Governments good work to continue without interruption and welcomes the Premiers decision to personally fill the tourism post at this critical time.

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Tourism welcomes federal ‘one-stop shop’ environmental approvals

8 July 2013

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has welcomed the ‘one-stop shop for environmental approvals’ promised in the federal Coalition’s Policy to Boost Productivity and Reduce Regulation released today.

Currently any tourism proposal affecting a ‘matter of national significance’ needs to go through both Federal and State approval. This is an expensive and time consuming process which kills off many worthwhile ecotourism projects.

“Tourism strongly supports World Heritage listing, National Parks and protected areas” said Mr Hall

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