Tourism front and centre after Cabinet reshuffle

29 March 2016

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the Premier’s announcement that he will take on the tourism portfolio in a Cabinet reshuffle, signalling the importance of the industry to the WA economy.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the industry had been asking for the portfolio to stay in the hands of a senior member of Cabinet.

“With tourism injecting more than $9 billion into the State economy each year and creating more than 94,000 jobs for the people of Western Australia, it is an incredibly valuable industry to the future of WA’s economy,” Mr Hall said.

Today’s announcement puts tourism at the front and centre of economic development of the State. The Premier has left mining and resources to concentrate on tourism to grow jobs and economic activity in WA, Mr Hall said.

“Having the Premier as Tourism Minister gives the industry a high priority across all Government portfolios, leading the way on major projects such as the Perth Cable Car, promoting Western Australia and building up the State’s major events calendar,” he said.

“It is a critical time for the tourism industry in WA as we compete with other destinations within Australia for visitors while the Australian dollar is comparatively low and international conditions make the country an appealing destination.

“We look forward to working with the Premier to continue to grow tourism in WA.”

Mr Hall extended his thanks to outgoing tourism minister, Dr Kim Hames, for his hard work during his time in the position.

“Minister Hames understood the tourism industry and how the jobs of thousands of Western Australians depend on the number of visitors to our State,” he said.

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