Media Releases

WA international tourism slumps amid east coast boom

13 March 2018

The first year of the new State Government has seen an unprecedented decline in international tourism to WA. The latest figures released today show Western Australia was the only State to experience a decline in international visitors and their expenditure in the twelve months to December 2017.

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Record medal haul for WA at National Tourism Awards

23 February 2018

Western Australian tourism businesses have taken home a record number of medals for the State at the 2017 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, attended by more than 750 tourism industry representatives from across the country at Perth’s new Optus Stadium this evening.

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

The Gold Medals were awarded to:

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Liquor reforms to bring balance, improved customer service

14 February 2018

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the announcement today that the tourism benefits of liquor licence applications will be given equal consideration among other issues – a reform which the Council has championed for many years.

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Segways in Kings Park a green light for tourists

17 January 2018

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the announcement today that visitors to Kings Park will be able to explore the attraction via Segway following final government approval.

Chief Executive Officer Evan Hall said developing new tourism experiences was critical to attracting more visitors and growing the WA tourism industry, creating more jobs for locals.

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AG Report Shows Urgent Reform Needed to Stop $800m Tourism Shortfall

30 November 2017

Tourism Council WA is calling on the State Government to reform the executive management of Tourism WA in the wake of the Auditor General’s Report into the WA State Government Strategy for Tourism 2020, tabled in Parliament today.

The Audit Report reveals significant failings in State Government’s marketing strategy to increase tourism and create jobs, finding tourism markets had declined or underperformed and the State would fall short of the strategy target by $800 million per annum by 2020.  

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Industry Leaders Recognised at Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards

11 November 2017

The best of the best in Western Australian tourism was celebrated tonight at the 2017 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards Gala Dinner, with 29 gold medals and two individual accolades awarded to industry leaders at Crown Perth.

The Awards, which showcase the best in the industry for their outstanding customer service, innovation and ongoing business excellence, were presented in front of industry colleagues from across the State.

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More airline capacity to deliver $150m, 990 jobs

28 October 2017

More than sixty thousand new airline seats bringing increased visitors to Western Australia from Asia will inject over $150 million into the State economy and create 990 new jobs.

Tourism Council WA today congratulated Perth Airport on the addition of an extra daily service by China Southern Airlines from Guangzhou on the new Airbus A33B, and Cathay Pacific upgrading its daily Perth to Hong Kong service to an Airbus A350. In total, more than 60,000 new seats will become available.

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Finalists Announced in 2017 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards

28 September 2017

Finalists in the prestigious 2017 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards were announced this evening at an event attended by more than 150 tourism operators and industry representatives at Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough.

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WA losing visitors to other States, latest figures reveal

19 September 2017

Western Australia continues to lose market share when it comes to interstate visitor numbers, with the latest figures released today showing visitors to WA fell by 12 per cent in the 12 months to June 2017.

The latest figures from the National Visitor Survey show that Western Australia was the only State to experience a decline in interstate visitors during 2016-17, with the 12 per cent reduction far behind the national average growth of 3.8 per cent. 

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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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