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WA businesses win at National Tourism Awards

5 February 2016

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

Western Australian businesses were awarded a total of ten medals, including one gold, four silver and five bronze medals.

The Awards recognise outstanding tourism operators from around Australia, with all WA finalists being named gold medallists in their categories in the Western Australian Tourism Awards in November 2015.

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Investment in Visitor Centres will create regional jobs

22 January 2016

Tourism Council WA welcomes the State government’s investment in Visitor Centres through the Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grants Program.

More than $1 million will be shared by 39 visitor centres to help the valuable centres continue their great contribution to tourism in WA well into the future.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said WA’s network of Visitor Centres made a significant contribution to the State’s economy, encouraging visitors to stay longer and spend more in the region they visit.

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Tourism can be saviour as 14,000 join job queue

14 January 2016

Tourism will be a growing source of jobs for Western Australians in the future, as more than 14,000 people joined the job queue in the State over the past twelve months.

The latest unemployment trend estimates from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the number of unemployed people in WA grew by 14,000 from December 2014 to December 2015, from around 78,000 to more than 93,000.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said tourism created at least 3,000 jobs in WA in the same period.

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Regional aviation in holding pattern

19 November 2015

The State’s regional aviation services have been left in a two year holding pattern as the Minister of Transport last night revealed a short extension for mining charter Skippers Aviation on the Coral Coast route and that no airline has been secured for the Perth-Derby route.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the outcome was not sustainable for the Coral Coast route, servicing Monkey Mia and Carnarvon, which had already seen passenger movements to Monkey Mia collapse by 40 per cent over the past four years.

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Don’t stop good work on liquor reform

17 November 2015

Tourism Council WA has welcomed today’s announcement implementing the first stage of liquor reform, but is calling on the WA Parliament not to stall on the crucial second stage of legislative changes.

In November 2014, the Government announced its liquor reform policy but determined to implement the reform in two stages of legislation. The first stage has recently passed the Parliament but the second stage has not yet been considered.

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Tourism excellence rewarded at Gala Dinner

14 November 2015

Western Australia’s top tourism operators and experiences have been recognised for their commitment to excellence tonight at the 2015 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards Gala Dinner at Crown Perth.

The Awards, which showcase the best in the industry for their outstanding customer service and business excellence, were handed out tonight in front of more than 750 industry representatives.

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Tourism welcomes Regional Express airline to the West

13 November 2015

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has welcomed today’s announcement that Regional Express (REX) is the preferred tenderer to fly the regulated routes from Perth to Albany and Esperance.

The entry of REX to Western Australia will fill the critical gap left in the wake of Virgin vacating the south west regional routes. Tourism Council WA is awaiting official news on the outcome of the remaining route tenders for regional WA, such as Monkey Mia, Kalbarri and Geraldton.

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Tourism to employ 13,000 new WA workers by 2020

5 November 2015

Tourism will grow as a major employer for Western Australians over the next five years, with close to 13,000 new workers needed in the industry by 2020.

The Australia Tourism Labour Force Report: 2015 – 2020, released by Austrade late yesterday, shows 12,964 workers will be needed in the WA tourism industry by 2020, including more than 5,800 skilled workers.

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Whale swim to boost WA’s eco reputation

1 November 2015

The addition of swimming with humpback whales to WA’s tourism offering will boost the range of ecotourism experiences the State has to offer, which are extremely popular with visitors.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the experience, which will be trialled in Ningaloo Marine Park next year, was well suited to Western Australia’s brand and reputation as a location with a coastal lifestyle and unique wildlife encounters.

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2015 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards Finalists Announced

8 October 2015

Finalists in the prestigious 2015 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards were announced tonight at a function attended by more than 150 people from across the tourism industry.

The Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards recognise excellence within the tourism industry and highlight the extraordinary tourism experiences Western Australia has to offer.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the level of participation in the awards and the high standard of entrants reflected the passion and professionalism of tourism operators in WA.

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