Media Releases

Reduce regional airfares to create local jobs

17 August 2017

Reducing airfares to regional WA destinations by just 15 per cent can create 440 additional local jobs and inject close to $100 million into the State economy, a Tourism Council WA submission to a regional airfares inquiry reveals.

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New President for Tourism Council WA

24 July 2017

Long-time advocate for regional tourism, Chris Pye, has been elected as the new President of Tourism Council WA following the resignation of Manny Papadoulis as President and Director.

Mr Papadoulis and fellow long-time Director Karen Priest (Chief Executive Officer of Mandurah & Peel Tourism Organisation (MAPTO)) both stepped down from the Board last Friday following their successful appointment as Commissioners of Tourism WA.

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Tourism a major employer for WA as jobs created grows by 4,000

28 June 2017

The number of jobs created by tourism in Western Australia has increased by 4,000 from 2014-15 to 2015-16, cementing the industry’s place as a major employer for the State.

The State Tourism Satellite Accounts for 2015-16, released today by Tourism Research Australia, calculate tourism’s share of total state employment, including both the direct and indirect jobs created by the industry.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said tourism now created more than 100,000 jobs for the people of Western Australia.

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TCWA welcomes new Tourism WA Commissioners

27 June 2017

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the four new Tourism WA Commissioners announced by Tourism Minister, Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA, today.

Tourism Council WA has consistently advocated for people with industry experience and tourism marketing skills to be strongly represented among the Tourism WA Commissioners. We are delighted the State Government has responded to industry and appointed Commissioners consistent with TCWA recommendations. 

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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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