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Government changes put tourism front and centre

28 April 2017

Grouping public tourism attractions into one government department, as well as the amalgamation of tourism into a jobs-focussed department, is a key step forward for the tourism industry.

The creation of the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions, which groups together attractions including National Parks, Kings Park, Rottnest Island and Perth Zoo, would more effectively preserve and promote some of the State’s key drawcards, said Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall.

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Tourism Council welcomes new tourism minister

16 March 2017

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the announcement today that Paul Papalia MLA will be the Tourism Minister in the new Labor Government.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said Mr Papalia had been a strong voice for tourism during his time as opposition spokesperson for the industry.

“Mr Papalia worked hard in his role as opposition spokesperson for tourism to work collaboratively with industry and understand what it needs to grow and take back market share lost during the resources boom,” Mr Hall said.

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Tourism industry fights back in international figures

14 March 2017

The tourism industry’s hard work to win back international visitor market share has paid dividends, with the latest figures from the International Visitor Survey showing that the number of international visitors to Western Australia grew by 12.4 per cent in the 12 months to December 2016.

The growth in visitors included significant increases in leisure and education visitors, which increased by 23.7 per cent and 15.6 per cent respectively.

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Albany to host inaugural regional tourism conference

March 8, 2017

Tourism Council WA is pleased to announce that Albany has been selected as the host of the inaugural 2017 WA Regional Tourism Conference.

Following two successful State conferences held in Perth, Albany will be the first town to host a regional version of the conference on September 11 - 13, Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said.

“We had great interest from towns from all over the State to host the 2017 WA Regional Tourism Conference,” he said.

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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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