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WA needs investment as international visitors lag other States

1 June 2016

Western Australia has continued to lag behind other States when it comes to attracting international visitors, recording one of the lowest growth rates in international visitor numbers and visitor spend in the country.

The latest figures from the International Visitor Survey show that the number of international visitors to Western Australia grew by 4.98 per cent in the year ending March 2016. However, this was the second lowest increase of any State and below the national increase of 8.85 per cent.

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Winning back European tourists

4 June 2014

Latest data released today by Tourism Research Australia shows that international tourism to Western Australia is up by 4.3% to 776,500 visitors over the last twelve months. The International Visitor Survey showed the increase was driven by a 6% rise in leisure tourism, however the data also showed a downturn of 1.8% in visitor expenditure.

Tourism Council WA CEO, Evan Hall said “International visitors to WA are up 4.3%, injecting $2.1 billion export dollars into the state.”

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$1b tourism fund must help northern WA

31 May 2016

Labor’s proposed $1 billion Northern Australia Tourism Infrastructure Fund must be used to assist the development of the tourism industry in northern WA, according to Tourism Council WA.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said using the funding towards projects in northern WA was imperative to attracting more international visitors, particularly from the growing Asian middle class.

“Broome should be the gateway to northern Australia for our growing Asian markets and a major cruise shipping and super yacht destination,” Mr Hall said.

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PCEC expansion needed to create 240 jobs

26 May 2016

Tourism Council WA is calling on the State government to commit to an expansion of Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre to allow Perth to attract more high-yield business delegates.

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Backpacker tax delay welcomed but resolution urgently needed

17 May 2016

Tourism Council WA has welcomed today’s announcement that the backpacker tax has been delayed, but warns that a resolution is needed as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the tourism sector. The news follows extensive lobbying from Tourism Council WA and the national tourism industry.

The news of the tax has already put backpackers off travelling to Australia to work, impacting regional tourism businesses which rely on the travellers for their workforce, according to Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall.

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Tourism budget steady for 2016-17, but certainty needed

12 May 2016

Today’s State Budget has overturned cuts to WA’s tourism marketing funding for 2016-17, which has been welcomed by the State’s peak industry body, Tourism Council WA.

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Events funding will boost tourism and jobs

8 May 2016

Tourism Council WA has endorsed the $30 million events funding boost announced by the Barnett Government today.

The Premier has announced $19 million to host major events at the Perth Stadium. The Premier also announced that $3.15 million in planned budget cuts to Perth Convention Bureau (PCB) had been reversed and an additional $7.55 million budget funding allocated to PCB. Tourism Council WA expects the funding will be over four financial years from 2016-17 to 2019-20.

$19m Stadium Major Events Boost

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Budget backpacker tax will hit 38,000 in WA

3 May 2016

The Federal Government has pushed ahead with the “backpacker tax” on 38,000 working holiday makers in WA starting from July 1, with no reprieve in tonight’s budget, according to Tourism Council WA.

The backpacker tax will seriously damage regional WA, which is dependent on backpackers working in tourism and harvest seasons.

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Perth Cable Car would create 340 tourism jobs

28 April 2016

Tourism Council WA has today released a report showing a Perth Cable Car would inject $30.5 million in new tourism spending into the State economy and create 340 jobs across WA.

Launching Tourism Council WA’s Missing Pieces: Perth Cable Car document, CEO Evan Hall said Perth needed a major attraction to bring together new developments such as Perth Stadium, new hotels, Elizabeth Quay and other major precincts.

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WA businesses win gold at National Tourism Awards

10 April 2015

Tourism Council WA extends its congratulations to the numerous WA tourism businesses awarded medals at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, announced tonight in Adelaide.

Western Australian tourism businesses were awarded a total of seven medals, including two gold, three silver and two bronze, 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 Western Australian Tourism Awards in October 2014.

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