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Industry welcomes opposition to tourist taxes

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the Federal Opposition’s announcement that it will move an amendment to reduce the proposed backpacker tax to 10.5% and oppose any increase to the departure tax (Passenger Movement Charge).

The Federal Government’s $55 departure tax is already the second highest long-haul departure tax in the world and the world’s highest short-haul departure tax. The proposed increase to $60 would further impede tourism and cost jobs in WA.

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Tourism jobs key in marginal seats

Tourism is a significant employer in the key electorates that will determine the 2017 State Election, a research report released today shows.

The Tourism Work Atlas, released by Tourism Council WA, maps the State’s 97,000 tourism jobs and 30,000 tourism businesses by electorate and local government area. The report shows that many of Western Australia’s tourism workers reside in the State’s most marginal metropolitan seats.

Key Marginal State Electorates with more than 1,000 Tourism Jobs

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Finalists Announced in 2016 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards

Finalists in the prestigious 2016 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards were announced this evening at an event attended by more than 130 tourism operators and industry representatives.

The Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards, now in its 44th year, highlight the quality and diversity of tourism attractions, amenities and experiences that Western Australia has to offer.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the Perth Airport Tourism Awards reflected the passion and professionalism of tourism operators in WA and these awards showcased the best in the industry.

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Backpacker change will cost tourism jobs

The Federal Government’s announcement regarding the backpacker tax will hit the tourism industry, resulting in less tourists and jobs across Western Australia.

Under the new plan, the Passenger Movement Charge will be increased to $60.00 per international visitor to compensate for a 19 per cent tax rate for working holidaymakers from their first dollar earned, rather than the 32.5 per cent rate originally proposed. The Passenger Movement Charge is hidden in the upfront cost of return airline tickets to Australia.

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New liquor reforms to enhance WA tours

7 September 2016

A new era begins for tourism operators in WA today, as reforms allowing exemptions to liquor licensing come into effect.

The reforms mean that for the first time, tour operators genuinely marketed as a tourism business (eg. Accredited Tourism Business) will be able to include alcohol in their marine or land tour without a liquor licence. The alcohol must be included in the tour price and is limited to five drinks per person, per day.

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Make WA a “catch and cook” seafood destination

3 September 2016

Tourism Council WA has welcomed today’s announcement by the Premier which cuts red tape around catching rock lobster by charter operators and their guests.

The changes will mean Western Australia can now be promoted as a premium international destination for fresh seafood “catch and cook” tourism.

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Backpacker slump hits WA international tourism

31 August 2016

The number of backpackers visiting Western Australia for work has slumped, contributing to poor results for the State in the latest international tourism figures.

The latest results from the International Visitor Survey show the number of working holiday makers coming to Western Australia dropped by more than 11 per cent in the year ending June 2016.

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TV ads show how Tourism Works for WA

9 August 2016

Tourism Council WA has today launched a major $250,000 campaign to promote the value of tourism for Western Australia in the run up to the 2017 state election.

The campaign’s TV ads show how Tourism Works to create jobs for WA, featuring locals doing an amazing array of jobs created by tourism dollars. The ads will go to air this week in Perth and across regional WA.

“Tourism now creates 97,000 jobs each year,” said Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall.

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Tourism grows to 97,000 jobs in WA

4 August 2016

Figures released today by the Australian Government show tourism now creates 97,200 jobs in Western Australia, an increase of 3,500 jobs on the previous year.

The State Tourism Satellite Accounts also showed that WA tourism has grown by $1 billion, to $13 billion in visitor spending each year. This spending creates $10 billion in Gross State Product, including $1 billion in taxation revenue.

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State of Origin A Tourism Coup

15 July 2016

Tourism Council WA has applauded the State Government for securing Perth Stadium as the venue for the second 2019 State of Origin match, to be held on a weekend in June.

The Council estimates the event will attract at least 20,000 visitors who will spend $15 million in WA, creating more than 160 full time equivalent jobs across the State.

“Securing the State of Origin is an absolute coup for Western Australia,” said Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall.

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