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Western Australians re-embrace the great regional holiday

15 June 2016

The latest figures from the National Visitor Survey show that in the 12 months to March 2016 intrastate visitor numbers grew 12.4%, and their spending grew 26.2% to $4 billion, as Western Australians reembraced the holiday at home.

The growth in intrastate visitor numbers was driven by leisure visitors (up 17.9%) and business travellers (up 19%).  Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the low Australian dollar, lower cost of fuel and good value food and accommodation was making the WA regional holiday highly appealing.

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New tourism ads deserve maximum exposure

10 June 2016

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the Just Another Day in WA campaign launched today by Tourism WA. The Tourism Council is delighted that WA is getting back into the interstate market and wants the government to maximise the budget to show the ads to the east coast of Australia.

 “Sometimes we forget that what is an everyday experience for Western Australians, is an amazing experience for visitors” said Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall.

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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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