$4.5b for WA from Aussie tourists

1 July 2015

Domestic tourists injected more than four and a half billion dollars into the Western Australian economy in the year to March 2015.

The latest figures from the National Visitor Survey show domestic tourist numbers increased by 14.3 per cent in the year ending March 2015, injecting $4.57 billion into the State economy.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the increase showed more people were viewing Western Australia as a good value holiday destination.

“As the Australian dollar remains comparatively low, more people are choosing to holiday at home over international destinations like Bali,” Mr Hall said.

“Western Australia is proving itself to be a good value holiday destination and is beginning to shrug off the expensive reputation it earned some years ago.”

Mr Hall said these figures were particularly positive for jobs in Western Australia.

“Tourism already employs around 94,000 people in Western Australia. With increases in visitor numbers like this comes more jobs for more people across the State,” he said.

The figures show an increase in domestic visitors of more than 14%, from 6.9 million to 7.8 million, while the number of visitor nights increased by more than 15%, from 32 million to 37 million.

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