Tourism a winner in election promises

8 February 2013

The Liberal and Labor parties have both announced major tourism funding packages during an election debate between Tourism Minister Kim Hames and Shadow Tourism Minister Michelle Roberts. The debate was held by the Tourism Council this morning before an industry audience.

Tourism Minister Hames announced that a re-elected Liberal Government would provide an additional $24 million over 4 years ($6 million p.a.). Shadow Minister Michelle Roberts announced that a new Labor Government would provide $16 million over three years ($5.3 million p.a.).

Mr Hall said “these election promises are a great step toward making tourism a state priority.”

“There’s more to our economy than digging holes in the ground” said Tourism Council CEO Mr Hall “and today’s announcements show that tourism has become a top priority for WA.”

 “Tourism, hospitality and international education creates over 108,000 jobs in WA, but regional tourism has been suffering over the last few years” said Mr Hall.

“Today’s announcements will save jobs and businesses, especially in regional WA” said Mr Hall.

“Deputy Premier Hames has been a strong Tourism Minister and his promised $24 million investment in tourism will revitalise the industry especially in regional areas” said Mr Hall.

The Tourism Minister has committed to work with industry to invest the money effectively and has flagged strong support for camping & caravanning, indigenous and food & wine tourism.

“Mark McGowan has listened to the industry and identified tourism as a top priority for Labor” said Mr Hall.

“Today’s announcements by the Labor Party were tightly focused on regional tourism, indigenous tourism and international students” said Mr Hall,

Both parties also committed to consider additional funding at cabinet to win new airline services and major events for WA.

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