Media Releases

Industry welcomes commercially-focused head of Tourism WA

5 September 2018

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the announcement of Tourism WA’s new Managing Director, Brodie Carr, at the WA Tourism Conference tonight, attended by more than 400 industry representatives from across WA. The conference is presented by Tourism Council WA and industry partners.

“Tourism is a critical industry for the State’s economy, and needs a specialist, dedicated Managing Director to drive tourism to this State,” Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said.

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Scarborough development to bring jobs, economic input

27 June 2018

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the announcement of the Metropolitan Development Authority Board’s approval of the 3 Oceans Iconic Scarborough development.

The development will increase Scarborough’s appeal as a destination through its convention centre, sky-deck and hotel. It is expected to make a significant economic impact, estimated at $155 million, while creating 718 jobs.

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Industry welcomes low-cost leisure fares to Broome

18 May 2018

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the WA Government’s announcement today on low-cost leisure airfares to Broome. The 12 month trial will provide $199 one-way fares on the weekend during high season. The fares must be booked 60 days in advance.

The announcement follows the Parliamentary Inquiry into Regional Airfares. Tourism Council WA made a major submission to the inquiry regarding the need for leisure tourism packaging to reduce airfares in regional WA.

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No growth in tourism budget

10 May 2018

There is no increase in tourism funding in today’s State Budget, which stays steady at $93 million for 2018-19, but is forecast to decline to $90 million in 2019-20. Today’s overall Budget for Tourism WA means there is no additional funding to secure new aviation routes or fill the growing number of hotel rooms.

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Industry welcomes Action Plan to grow tourism

21 March 2018

Tourism Council WA has welcomed today’s launch of Tourism WA’s two-year action plan to grow the number of visitors to the State.

As part of the State Government’s industry consultation process, Tourism Council WA provided extensive feedback and input into the Plan, which CEO Evan Hall said provided a promising framework to grow visitor numbers.

“This is a great plan developed by industry, for industry, to attract visitors and create jobs,” Mr Hall said.

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WA international tourism slumps amid east coast boom

13 March 2018

The first year of the new State Government has seen an unprecedented decline in international tourism to WA. The latest figures released today show Western Australia was the only State to experience a decline in international visitors and their expenditure in the twelve months to December 2017.

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Record medal haul for WA at National Tourism Awards

23 February 2018

Western Australian tourism businesses have taken home a record number of medals for the State at the 2017 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, attended by more than 750 tourism industry representatives from across the country at Perth’s new Optus Stadium this evening.

The record haul included eight gold medals, four silver medals and two bronze medals, making it the State’s most successful National Awards appearance in the program’s 30-plus year history.

The Gold Medals were awarded to:

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Liquor reforms to bring balance, improved customer service

14 February 2018

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the announcement today that the tourism benefits of liquor licence applications will be given equal consideration among other issues – a reform which the Council has championed for many years.

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Segways in Kings Park a green light for tourists

17 January 2018

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the announcement today that visitors to Kings Park will be able to explore the attraction via Segway following final government approval.

Chief Executive Officer Evan Hall said developing new tourism experiences was critical to attracting more visitors and growing the WA tourism industry, creating more jobs for locals.

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AG Report Shows Urgent Reform Needed to Stop $800m Tourism Shortfall

30 November 2017

Tourism Council WA is calling on the State Government to reform the executive management of Tourism WA in the wake of the Auditor General’s Report into the WA State Government Strategy for Tourism 2020, tabled in Parliament today.

The Audit Report reveals significant failings in State Government’s marketing strategy to increase tourism and create jobs, finding tourism markets had declined or underperformed and the State would fall short of the strategy target by $800 million per annum by 2020.  

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