Media Releases

Industry concern with tourism restructure in midst of visitor downturn

20 June 2017

The tourism industry is urging the State Government to reconsider submerging Tourism WA into a new mega-department, as the latest visitor statistics show an alarming decline in the number of people travelling to and within the State.

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More visitors key to hotel room boom

8 July 2017

A significant increase in leisure visitors is needed to fill thousands of Perth hotel rooms either recently completed or in the pipeline, according to Tourism Council WA.

The Perth Hotel Development Report 2017, released today, shows 1,485 hotel rooms have been completed in Perth* since 2012, with another 1,421 currently under construction with completion expected either this year or in 2018.

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Industry consortium will drive jobs

19 May 2017

The State Government’s new Tourism Industry Engagement Consortium will enable industry and Government to work together to create tourism jobs, said Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall.

“The tourism industry has long sought an avenue for ongoing high level engagement with senior Ministers and officials,” Mr Hall said.

“High level engagement across Ministers and Agency Heads is critical to developing an agenda for tourism jobs growth.”

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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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