Media Releases

Chinese tourism continues to grow

5 June 2013

Latest data released by Tourism Research Australia shows that 31,900 Chinese visitors spent $158 million in Western Australia over the past 12 months ending in March 2013, a 25.2% increase on the previous year.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said “the 32.4% growth in Chinese visitors over the past year has been spectacular but WA tourism businesses need to do more to get ready for Chinese tourism.”

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Tourism supports restaurant liquor licencing reforms

30 May 2013

Tourism Council WA welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Sport and Recreation; Racing & Gaming, the Hon Terry Waldron to make it easier for licensed restaurants and cafes to serve alcohol without purchasing a meal.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said “this is a great step forward in Liquor Licencing reforms that start focusing on customer needs and service.”

“These reforms will help create vibrant dining and hospitality experiences for locals and visitors in Western Australia.”   

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Rottnest Island shines on the national stage

16 February 2013

Over 800 guests gathered last night in Hobart to celebrate the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, where the Western Australia tourism industry was represented by a number of outstanding tourism operators.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said “it was fantastic to see the extraordinary experiences that the Western Australian tourism industry has to offer on a national level.”

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Tourism supports National Park election announcement

13 February 2013

Premier makes an election promise to invest $20 million in tourism facilities in Western Australian National Parks. An increase in national park funding was a key ask in the Tourism Council WA State Election Proposals.

“The tourism industry welcomes the $20 million investment in national park accommodation and visitor facilities’’ said Mr Hall.

“National Parks are our state’s tourism calling card with 1.8 million visitors participating in nature-based tourism in WA every year” said Mr Hall.

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Airport rail a boost for tourism

10 February 2013

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has welcomed election promises from both parties to build the airport rail link by 2018. The link will be a major boost for tourism by reducing congestion and travel costs; and improving the visitor experience.

The Liberal party have proposed a $1.895 billion Airport rail link which will include three stations and 3000 parking bays and the Labor party have also promised to build a Perth Airport rail line as the first project of it $3.8billion METRONET priority program.

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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.

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Flights from Jakarta to Perth to boost tourism

6 February 2013

Tourism Council WA has congratulated Garuda Indonesia and Tourism Minister Kim Hames on today’s announcement of a new daily service from Jakarta to Perth which will commence on the 28 June.

Tourism Council WA Evan Hall said the new service was a great result after months of negotiations backed by both the State Government and Tourism WA.

“This Jakarta air service is about bringing Indonesian visitors to WA, rather than just WA tourists going to Bali” said Mr Hall.

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Event funding to boost tourism in the Great Southern

30 January 2013

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has welcomed today’s announcement of a funding increase for the IGA Taste Great Southern food and wine festival through the State Governments Regional Events Program.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall applauded Tourism Minister Kim Hames and Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls on today’s announcement and said “investment in events like the Taste Great Southern festival is critical to getting Australians to visit regional WA”.

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Tourism needs marketing push as regional towns continue to trail Perth

11 January 2013

Today’s data from the ABS Survey of Tourist Accommodation for the September Quarter 2012 shows the occupancy of regional tourist accommodation remains well behind Perth and mining towns. For the September quarter 2012, hotel occupancy for Perth was 86% while average regional occupancy was 62%.

“Western Australia is relying on the mining boom and is under investing in tourism” said Evan Hall, CEO of Tourism Council WA.

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International tourism slides

5 December 2012

Latest data released by Tourism Research Australia shows that international leisure tourism to Western Australia has dropped by 3% in the past 12 months compared to the a 3% national increase.

“WA has the second lowest state investment in tourism marketing, and we are losing market share to other states” said Evan Hall, CEO of Tourism Council WA.

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