Broken tourism promise to cost 1,300 jobs

8 August 2013

Today’s state budget has delivered only $2 million this year, of the $6 million p.a. investment the Barnett government promised before the election. The promised funding would have been used to attract more tourists to holiday in Western Australia.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said “the government’s broken promise will cost WA $80 million in lost tourist dollars and cost 1,300 jobs across the state.”

The broken tourism election promise follows the recent demotion of the Tourism Minister and the blanket ban on tourism advertising in June.

“The government has demoted the tourism minister, denied their election promise and dumped 1,300 jobs” said Mr Hall.

“This broken promise is a devastating blow to tourism towns across regional WA” said Mr Hall.

“From Broome to Busselton, tourism businesses and workers will be asking why the government doesn’t value tourism jobs and why they won’t keep their own tourism election promise” said Mr Hall.

“WA has the second lowest state investment in tourism marketing. We don’t understand the government’s decision to turn its back on tourism jobs when the mining industry is declining” said Mr Hall.

“We desperately need to match the marketing investment of other states to recover lost market share.” said Mr Hall.

The tourism industry calls on the Premier to honour the government’s promise to increase tourism funding by $4 million by the end of this financial year.

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