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.

“With the lower Australian dollar, cheaper hotel rates and more flights to Perth, WA can win back the leisure tourists we lost over the last few years” said Mr Hall.

“Now is the time for the Barnett government to invest in tourism and create new jobs as mining slackens off” said Mr Hall

“If we don’t invest in promoting WA as a visitor destination then the tourism industry will not be able to create the jobs WA needs” said Mr Hall.

“Over the next few years tourism can replace the lost mining jobs, so long as WA doesn’t keep putting all it’s eggs in the resources basket.” said Mr Hall

Visitor spending creates jobs across the economy. The report shows the top tourism winners are workers in: hospitality, retail, aviation, transport, international education, entertainment, sport and recreation.

In all other states tourism creates more jobs than mining. Historically tourism has also employed more people than mining in WA as well.

“In the long run mining is about big equipment and a small workforce” said Mr Hall

“Tourism will always be a bigger employer over time because we are a face-to-face people industry” said Mr Hall

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