Media Releases

Backpacker tax would devastate regional WA tourism

17 March 2016

The introduction of the proposed “backpacker tax” on July 1 would seriously damage WA tourism, especially in regional areas, according to Tourism Council WA.

The Federal Government announced in its 2015 Budget that starting July 1 this year it would eliminate the normal tax-free threshold and impose a 32.5 per cent tax on working holiday makers on the first $18,200 they earn in Australia.

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Industry drives local tourism boom

16 March 2016

Western Australia is experiencing a tourism boom as the industry offers better value holidays, encouraging locals to travel at home.

The latest figures from the National Visitor Survey show that in 2015 the number of intrastate overnight visitors grew by 8.5 per cent to more than 7 million. The expenditure by overnight intrastate visitors grew by 15.8 per cent to more than $3.7 billion last year.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the low Australian dollar was making the WA Staycation far more appealing.

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ALP business event policy to boost jobs

7 March 2016

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the announcement that a WA Labor government would invest $5 million per annum in Perth Convention Bureau.

TCWA CEO Evan Hall said PCB was a valuable contributor to the WA economy, bringing in $30 for every $1 invested by the State government – outperforming similar bureaux in other States.

“PCB promotes Western Australia both nationally and internationally as a destination for conventions and exhibitions, which bring high-yielding business event delegates to Western Australia,” Mr Hall said.

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WA lags in international visitors, spend

2 March 2016

Western Australia continues to lag behind other States in the international tourism stakes, recording the lowest growth in international visitor numbers in the country and a fall in international visitor spend in 2015.

The latest figures from the International Visitor Survey reveal that the number of international visitors to Western Australia grew by 2.68 per cent last year. However, this was the lowest increase of any State and below the national increase of 7.89 per cent.

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Corroboree trade show to boost WA tourism

10 February 2016

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the announcement that Western Australia will host Corroboree Asia, one of Australia’s biggest tourism industry trade shows, later this year.

The trade show is expected to attract 300 travel agents from across Asia to Perth in September and will be an opportunity for these agents to experience Perth and Western Australia’s tourism offerings first hand and effectively promote these experiences in key markets including China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan.

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Tourism backs Stadium operator

8 February 2016

Tourism Council WA welcomes Stadium Australia Operations as the operator of Perth Stadium, as announced today by the State Government.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the Stadium operator needed to have international expertise in sporting, entertainment and cultural events.

“We need an operator that can bring in the big acts like Coldplay, entertainment spectaculars like the Edinburgh Tattoo and international sporting events like Premier League soccer, international rugby and major league baseball,” he said.

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WA businesses win at National Tourism Awards

5 February 2016

Tourism Council WA extends its congratulations to the numerous WA tourism businesses awarded medals at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, announced tonight in Melbourne.

Western Australian businesses were awarded a total of ten medals, including one gold, four silver and five bronze medals.

The Awards recognise outstanding tourism operators from around Australia, with all WA finalists being named gold medallists in their categories in the Western Australian Tourism Awards in November 2015.

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Investment in Visitor Centres will create regional jobs

22 January 2016

Tourism Council WA welcomes the State government’s investment in Visitor Centres through the Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grants Program.

More than $1 million will be shared by 39 visitor centres to help the valuable centres continue their great contribution to tourism in WA well into the future.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said WA’s network of Visitor Centres made a significant contribution to the State’s economy, encouraging visitors to stay longer and spend more in the region they visit.

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Tourism can be saviour as 14,000 join job queue

14 January 2016

Tourism will be a growing source of jobs for Western Australians in the future, as more than 14,000 people joined the job queue in the State over the past twelve months.

The latest unemployment trend estimates from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the number of unemployed people in WA grew by 14,000 from December 2014 to December 2015, from around 78,000 to more than 93,000.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said tourism created at least 3,000 jobs in WA in the same period.

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Regional aviation in holding pattern

19 November 2015

The State’s regional aviation services have been left in a two year holding pattern as the Minister of Transport last night revealed a short extension for mining charter Skippers Aviation on the Coral Coast route and that no airline has been secured for the Perth-Derby route.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the outcome was not sustainable for the Coral Coast route, servicing Monkey Mia and Carnarvon, which had already seen passenger movements to Monkey Mia collapse by 40 per cent over the past four years.

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