Media Releases

TCWA Welcomes Liberal’s Tourism Plans

2 March 2017

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the Premier’s commitment that he will remain tourism minister if re-elected and will establish a tourism office in Sydney to promote WA to interstate holidaymakers on the East Coast.

The Premier made the announcements at a Tourism Council WA breakfast this morning. Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the Premier’s commitment to stay as tourism minister would keep the industry front and centre of the State’s economic development.

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WA Labor’s Tourism Election Policy Welcomed

Tourism Council WA has praised WA Labor’s commitment to consistent and predictable funding for tourism, as the party reaffirmed it would commit $425 million over five years for tourism marketing and events and $2 million to increase international student numbers at an industry event this morning.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the commitment would create more than 2,300 new jobs for Western Australians.

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WA wins as Perth announced 2017 National Tourism Awards host

Western Australian tourism businesses picked up a total of 10 medals at the 2016 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Darwin tonight, as Perth was named the host for next year’s ceremony.

Businesses from WA were awarded two gold medals, four silver and four bronze medals at the awards ceremony which recognises outstanding tourism operators from around Australia. All WA finalists in the national awards were gold medallists in their categories as announced at the Perth Airport Western Australian Tourism Awards in November 2016.

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Tourism Council launches election campaign

12 February 2017

Tourism Council WA will today commence a major advertising campaign to promote the value of tourism to Western Australia in the lead up to the 2017 State Election.

The campaign shows how Tourism Works to create jobs for WA, and features locals doing an amazing array of jobs created by tourism dollars. The campaign includes television, radio and digital advertising across Western Australia.

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Nationals Tourism Election Policy Welcomed

3 February 2017

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the Nationals WA tourism election commitment released today. The package invests $610 million in tourism over five years, including a $25 million per annum increase to destination marketing. The Nationals tourism commitment is contingent on the implementation of the proposed mining tax.

The tourism industry has been calling for an increase in destination marketing to attract additional visitors and create jobs across WA.

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Chelsea FC visit to deliver 160 jobs in WA

29 January 2017

Hosting Premier League team Chelsea Football Club in Perth in mid-2018 will deliver an anticipated $15 million in expenditure from interstate and international visitors, particularly from key Asian markets.

The announcement by the State Government today that Chelsea Football Club will play an international friendly match in Perth in mid-2018 in an Australian exclusive has been welcomed by Tourism Council WA. The visitor expenditure generated from the match will be enough to employ 160 full time people for a year.

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New tourism venture takes off from Swan River

Tourism Council WA has welcomed today’s launch of Swan River Seaplanes, a collaboration between highly experienced tourism operators creating a new experience for visitors to Perth.

Swan River Seaplanes, which is a partnership between Troy Thomas from award-winning Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures and Kristy Bailey from One Eighty Marketing, flies guests from Perth to Margaret River to enjoy a wine tour with Australian Tourism Awards Gold Medallists Top Drop Tours before returning to the city on the same day.

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Ask a local for a great WA holiday

People travelling within WA will be encouraged to start their holiday by dropping into their nearest Accredited Visitor Centre as part of a new marketing campaign.

Starting from tomorrow, travellers hitting the road for their summer drive holidays will hear radio advertisements as they leave Perth promoting the value of stopping at a local Accredited Visitor Centre, where they can receive the best local knowledge on where to stay, what to do and where to eat.

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Lobster trial to boost coastal tourism

Tourism Council WA has welcomed today’s announcement that a trial will commence today allowing commercial western rock lobster fishers to catch and tag up to 50 extra lobsters for sale direct to the local market from fishing boats or local restaurants.

Simple regulatory reforms like this can have a huge benefits for visitors, local operators and local jobs, said Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall.

“Under this reform, tour operators and local restaurants serving tourists can work with local fishers to create the ultimate WA seafood experience,” he said.

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WA tourism to take off from London direct flight

11 December 2016

Tourism will take-off across Western Australia on the back of the London-Perth direct international service announced today. Tourism Council WA has welcomed the announcement and congratulated Qantas, Perth Airport and the State Government for reaching an agreement to deliver the service.

London is the world’s biggest airport hub with direct connections across Europe and to the east coast of the United States. Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the London-Perth direct service will put Perth on the world map.

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