Media Releases

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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Tourism powerhouse of job creation as mining slackens

5 July 2013

The official annual tourism ‘report card’ released today showed WA tourism jobs grew by over 11% from 80,000 to 89,000 in 2011/12. The State Tourism Satellite Account measures tourism’s contribution to the national and state economic accounts.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the report showed that tourism created 7% of all jobs in WA compared to just 3% for agriculture and just behind mining at 8% of state employment.

“But the trend now is for tourism jobs to grow as mining jobs decline” said Mr Hall.

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Direct flights from Jakarta to boost WA tourism

28 June 2013

Tourism Council WA has congratulated Garuda Indonesia, Tourism Minister Kim Hames and Perth Airport on the commencement of a new daily service from Jakarta to Perth that will commence today.

Tourism Council WA Evan Hall said the new service was a great result after months of negotiations backed by Perth Airport and Tourism WA.

“Last year 32,000 Indonesians visited Western Australia and we expect visitor numbers to increase with this new service” said Mr Hall.

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Stadium to attract visitors to WA

26 June 2013

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall welcomed today’s first step in transforming the Burswood Peninsula into Perth’s new stadium.

The new stadium will hold major sporting and cultural events that will attract local, interstate and international visitors to Western Australia.

“The 60,000 seat stadium will provide much needed capacity for visiting team supporters and will attract interstate visitors to WA” said Mr Hall.

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Tourism advertising cuts should be reversed as business travel slumps a further 6%

12 June 2013

Latest data released by Tourism Research Australia shows that interstate business travel to Western Australia has declined a further 6.1% over the quarter ending in March 2013 following the 7.9% decline in the previous quarter.

These results from the National Visitor Survey also follows from last week’s International Visitor Survey that showed that international business travel has declined 2.4% over the past year highlighting the need for investment to increase leisure tourism in Perth and the regions.

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Leisure tourism needs boost as business travel softens

5 June 2013

Latest data released by Tourism Research Australia shows that international business travel has started to decline for the first time since the resource boom.

The International Visitor Survey shows that international business travel has declined 2.4% over the past year highlighting the need for investment to increase leisure tourism in Perth and the regions.

The decrease highlights the need for marketing to stimulate leisure tourism in Perth and regions as the resources boom slows down.

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Chinese tourism continues to grow

5 June 2013

Latest data released by Tourism Research Australia shows that 31,900 Chinese visitors spent $158 million in Western Australia over the past 12 months ending in March 2013, a 25.2% increase on the previous year.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said “the 32.4% growth in Chinese visitors over the past year has been spectacular but WA tourism businesses need to do more to get ready for Chinese tourism.”

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Tourism supports restaurant liquor licencing reforms

30 May 2013

Tourism Council WA welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Sport and Recreation; Racing & Gaming, the Hon Terry Waldron to make it easier for licensed restaurants and cafes to serve alcohol without purchasing a meal.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said “this is a great step forward in Liquor Licencing reforms that start focusing on customer needs and service.”

“These reforms will help create vibrant dining and hospitality experiences for locals and visitors in Western Australia.”   

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Rottnest Island shines on the national stage

16 February 2013

Over 800 guests gathered last night in Hobart to celebrate the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, where the Western Australia tourism industry was represented by a number of outstanding tourism operators.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said “it was fantastic to see the extraordinary experiences that the Western Australian tourism industry has to offer on a national level.”

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