Opposition makes tourism priority for jobs growth

9 April 2016

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the announcement of the Opposition’s jobs plan for Western Australia today, which identifies tourism as a priority industry for future jobs growth in the State.

The plan, which commits $425 million to the creation of jobs for Western Australians, focuses on a number of service industries, including tourism and international education.

“The tourism industry in Western Australia currently creates more than 94,000 jobs each year, with recent research showing the industry will need 13,000 new workers by 2020,” Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said.

“This plan from the Opposition includes a provision for tourism marketing and events development so that industry can bring in more visitors, grow visitor expenditure, and in turn, create more jobs for the people of Western Australia.”

Mr Hall said the tourism industry had the potential to replace job losses in other industries, such as mining, as their economic impact declined.

“Tourism has emerged as a true growth industry for the future of this State, and we are pleased to see the Opposition has identified the potential within the sector and will make a significant investment in the industry if it is successful at next year’s election,” he said.

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