Surge in overseas tourists boosts WA

21 June 2015

An eight per cent surge in international tourists to Western Australia has injected $2.3 billion into the State economy.

The latest figures from the International Visitor Survey for the year ending December 2014 show an extra 61,300 international visitors came to Western Australia, boosting exports into the State economy by $133 million.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the figures reveal tourism growth is creating jobs and propping up the State economy.

“As the economic impact of the mining sector declines, tourism is emerging as a powerful sector in terms of job creation and economic input,” Mr Hall said.

“This surge in international tourists means there are more jobs for coach drivers, extra shifts for waitresses and more new small businesses giving jobs to local people.”

“The tourism industry is a valuable contributor to employment in this State, creating 94,000 jobs for Western Australians.”

The increase in international visitors is driven by leisure tourists, as business travel declines with the resources sector.

“These international visitors spend more in regional WA than business travellers, which are concentrated in Perth and mining towns,” Mr Hall said.

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