Media Releases

Conference to add over quarter of a million dollars into local economy

7 June 2019

The tourism industry’s leading conference is expected to inject more than a quarter of a million dollars into the local economy of the host town, Karratha, when it takes place later this year.

More than 200 delegates are expected to attend the 2019 WA Regional Tourism Conference, which travels north for the first time on September 16 – 18. 

“Economic modelling shows conference delegates are expected to inject $310,000 into the local economy across the three-day event,” Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said.

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Lost Opportunity for Lobster Tourism & Regional Jobs

23 May 2019

Tourism Council WA expresses its disappointment that the fishing industry has not reached agreement with the State Government to provide any additional lobsters for the domestic market, including for marine tourism experiences and the proposed lobster festival.

“Today’s announcement is a lost opportunity for regional tourism and job creation,” Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said.

“A small, sustainable increase in the availability of lobsters would have provided for new marine tourism experiences along the coast of Western Australia.”

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Perth’s Hotel Boom Unprecedented: Report

16 May 2019

Perth has developed an unprecedented number of new hotels in the past five years, with 16 new hotels and almost 2,500 rooms constructed. However, Perth could have reached the end of its hotel boom, with no new construction starting in the past 12 months, a report released today by Tourism Council WA reveals.

“Since 2012, the number of hotel rooms in Perth has increased by 37 per cent,” Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said. 

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Whole of Government Approach Needed to Attractions

13 May 2019

Tourism Council WA has welcomed today’s announcement by the State Government of a Tourism Case Management Framework to assist proponents of new attractions through the approvals process.

Under the Framework, Tourism WA would work closely with private sector proponents to provide advice and support to ensure their proposals are considered in a timely manner.

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Industry Welcomes Tourism Funding Boost

9 May 2019

Tourism Council WA has welcomed a $19 million marketing boost for the tourism industry in today's State Budget.

Included in the Budget papers is an additional $9 million for international marketing and an additional $10 million for new aviation route development. 

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said investment in international marketing and aviation development would increase visitor expenditure and create jobs in WA. 

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Rottnest Island Leads National Icons with $17m Federal Funding Announcement

9 April 2019

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement this morning revealing Rottnest Island as the first project to receive funding through the Tourism Icons Package announced in the recent Federal Budget.

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Boost Funding Will Win Back International Visitors, But New Attractions Needed

29 March 2019

The latest International Visitor Survey results for the year ending December 2018 show the number of international visitors to WA grew by 2%, while expenditure fell by 1%. By comparison, international visitors to Australia grew 5% and expenditure grew 7%.

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Attractions to Drive New Tourism Experiences and Jobs

27 March 2019

Approvals for proposed attractions can be streamlined to create new, diverse experiences, which would make Perth an exciting destination with unique activities for everyone, according to the tourism industry peak body.

This morning, Tourism Council WA unveiled 16 proposed new attractions and experiences within Perth which would encourage visitors to stay longer. It is estimated the new attractions would result in an additional $165 million spent by visitors in WA, generating 1,116 full-time equivalent jobs.

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Tourism Funding Boost Welcomed by Industry

19 March 2019

Tourism Council WA has welcomed today’s announcement by Premier Mark McGowan of an additional $12 million to boost WA’s tourism industry.

The funding injection will have an immediate effect of getting bums-on-seats as it is directed into marketing campaigns to commence shortly.

“This additional funding will provide an immediate boost to visitor numbers, tourist dollars and local jobs,” Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said.

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Another record for WA at National Tourism Awards

1 March 2019

Western Australian tourism businesses have taken home a record number of medals for the State at the 2018 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards held in Launceston tonight. 

The record haul included eight gold medals, two silver medals and six bronze medals, making it the State’s most successful National Awards appearance in the program’s 30-plus year history, beating the previous record set last year.

The Gold Medals were awarded to:

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