WA cracks 800,000 international tourists

3 December 2014

Western Australia has surpassed 800,000 international visitors per annum according to the International Visitor Survey released by Tourism Research Australia today. The report showed 807,000 international visitors spent $2.3 billion in WA over the twelve months to September 2014.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall welcomed the tourism boom which follows increased marketing by the State Government and tourism industry.

“The tourism mini boom is driven by a 10% increase in tourists here to holiday and visit family & friends in WA. These international visitors have injected an additional $112 million into the state economy” said Mr Hall

“Government marketing is bringing overseas tourists, export dollars and jobs to WA. When you showcase WA to the world, the tourists turn up.”

“Perth is now a vibrant city and a major drawcard for international visitors, particularly from Asia”

“Regional WA offers extraordinary experiences and is very appealing to visitors from the UK, USA and Europe”

“Singapore tourism is leading the way, increasing by 30% and adding over 18,100 visitors” said Mr Hall.

“Leisure tourists from the UK are returning to holiday once again in WA, adding an additional 13,200 visitors over the last 12 months”

“We must continue marketing to drive tourism dollars to WA as the resource sector slows”