Media Releases

Liquor reforms to benefit tourism industry, customers

12 September 2017

Changes to the State’s liquor regulations announced today will enable tourism operators to offer more customer-friendly experiences while reducing red tape and costs for businesses, according to Tourism Council WA.

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Budget delivers annual $85m tourism election commitment

7 September 2017

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the inclusion in today’s State Budget of the full $85 million per annum commitment for tourism marketing and events made prior to this year’s State Election.

Tourism Council WA has long advocated for this funding and assisted in developing the election commitment. The predictable funding will enable Tourism WA and the tourism industry to enter into long-term strategies, trade partnerships and marketing campaigns to increase visitation to WA and create jobs.

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Hotel room marketing push welcomed by tourism industry body

21 August 2017

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the announcement by the State Government today that $2 million of Tourism WA’s current budget will be re-prioritised to help fill Perth’s hotel rooms.

“With Western Australia in the midst of a tourism and hospitality downturn, it is encouraging to see the State Government proactively pursuing an increase in visitor numbers through an immediate cooperative marketing campaign,” said Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall.

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Reduce regional airfares to create local jobs

17 August 2017

Reducing airfares to regional WA destinations by just 15 per cent can create 440 additional local jobs and inject close to $100 million into the State economy, a Tourism Council WA submission to a regional airfares inquiry reveals.

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New President for Tourism Council WA

24 July 2017

Long-time advocate for regional tourism, Chris Pye, has been elected as the new President of Tourism Council WA following the resignation of Manny Papadoulis as President and Director.

Mr Papadoulis and fellow long-time Director Karen Priest (Chief Executive Officer of Mandurah & Peel Tourism Organisation (MAPTO)) both stepped down from the Board last Friday following their successful appointment as Commissioners of Tourism WA.

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Tourism a major employer for WA as jobs created grows by 4,000

28 June 2017

The number of jobs created by tourism in Western Australia has increased by 4,000 from 2014-15 to 2015-16, cementing the industry’s place as a major employer for the State.

The State Tourism Satellite Accounts for 2015-16, released today by Tourism Research Australia, calculate tourism’s share of total state employment, including both the direct and indirect jobs created by the industry.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said tourism now created more than 100,000 jobs for the people of Western Australia.

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TCWA welcomes new Tourism WA Commissioners

27 June 2017

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the four new Tourism WA Commissioners announced by Tourism Minister, Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA, today.

Tourism Council WA has consistently advocated for people with industry experience and tourism marketing skills to be strongly represented among the Tourism WA Commissioners. We are delighted the State Government has responded to industry and appointed Commissioners consistent with TCWA recommendations. 

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Industry concern with tourism restructure in midst of visitor downturn

20 June 2017

The tourism industry is urging the State Government to reconsider submerging Tourism WA into a new mega-department, as the latest visitor statistics show an alarming decline in the number of people travelling to and within the State.

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More visitors key to hotel room boom

8 July 2017

A significant increase in leisure visitors is needed to fill thousands of Perth hotel rooms either recently completed or in the pipeline, according to Tourism Council WA.

The Perth Hotel Development Report 2017, released today, shows 1,485 hotel rooms have been completed in Perth* since 2012, with another 1,421 currently under construction with completion expected either this year or in 2018.

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Industry consortium will drive jobs

19 May 2017

The State Government’s new Tourism Industry Engagement Consortium will enable industry and Government to work together to create tourism jobs, said Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall.

“The tourism industry has long sought an avenue for ongoing high level engagement with senior Ministers and officials,” Mr Hall said.

“High level engagement across Ministers and Agency Heads is critical to developing an agenda for tourism jobs growth.”

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