Media Releases

Tourism budget steady for 2016-17, but certainty needed

12 May 2016

Today’s State Budget has overturned cuts to WA’s tourism marketing funding for 2016-17, which has been welcomed by the State’s peak industry body, Tourism Council WA.

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Events funding will boost tourism and jobs

8 May 2016

Tourism Council WA has endorsed the $30 million events funding boost announced by the Barnett Government today.

The Premier has announced $19 million to host major events at the Perth Stadium. The Premier also announced that $3.15 million in planned budget cuts to Perth Convention Bureau (PCB) had been reversed and an additional $7.55 million budget funding allocated to PCB. Tourism Council WA expects the funding will be over four financial years from 2016-17 to 2019-20.

$19m Stadium Major Events Boost

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Budget backpacker tax will hit 38,000 in WA

3 May 2016

The Federal Government has pushed ahead with the “backpacker tax” on 38,000 working holiday makers in WA starting from July 1, with no reprieve in tonight’s budget, according to Tourism Council WA.

The backpacker tax will seriously damage regional WA, which is dependent on backpackers working in tourism and harvest seasons.

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Perth Cable Car would create 340 tourism jobs

28 April 2016

Tourism Council WA has today released a report showing a Perth Cable Car would inject $30.5 million in new tourism spending into the State economy and create 340 jobs across WA.

Launching Tourism Council WA’s Missing Pieces: Perth Cable Car document, CEO Evan Hall said Perth needed a major attraction to bring together new developments such as Perth Stadium, new hotels, Elizabeth Quay and other major precincts.

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WA businesses win gold at National Tourism Awards

10 April 2015

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

Western Australian tourism businesses were awarded a total of seven medals, including two gold, three silver and two bronze, 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 Western Australian Tourism Awards in October 2014.

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Opposition makes tourism priority for jobs growth

9 April 2016

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the announcement of the Opposition’s jobs plan for Western Australia today, which identifies tourism as a priority industry for future jobs growth in the State.

The plan, which commits $425 million to the creation of jobs for Western Australians, focuses on a number of service industries, including tourism and international education.

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Tourism front and centre after Cabinet reshuffle

29 March 2016

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the Premier’s announcement that he will take on the tourism portfolio in a Cabinet reshuffle, signalling the importance of the industry to the WA economy.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the industry had been asking for the portfolio to stay in the hands of a senior member of Cabinet.

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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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