Media Releases

Interstate tourism to WA slumps, 2000 jobs lost

16 September 2015

Western Australia has suffered a disappointing slide in the number of interstate visitors travelling to the State – the only State to suffer a decline in interstate tourist numbers.

Statistics from the latest National Visitor Survey show interstate visitation to WA declined 2.1 per cent in 2014-15, leading to a whopping 21 per cent decrease in visitor expenditure.

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WA falling behind in international tourism stakes

2 September 2015

Western Australia continues to lose out to other States when it comes to attracting international visitors, with the lowest growth in international visitor spend in the country in the 12 months to June 2015.

The latest figures from the International Visitor Survey reveal that growth in international visitor spend in WA was 1.22% in the year ending June 2015 – the lowest increase in the country and well behind the national increase of 11.48%.

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Perth Stadium to showcase Perth as international destination

16 August 2015

Following today’s announcement of the venue name, Perth Stadium, Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said it was critical that the Stadium name included the destination.

Perth Stadium presents an opportunity for more than 65,000 visitors each year to experience Perth as a world-class destination.

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Tourism growing but WA lagging behind

30 July 2015

New figures reveal that while the number of international visitors travelling to Western Australia continues to increase, WA is falling behind other States who are investing heavily in their tourism industries.

The latest results of the International Visitor Survey reveal that international tourism spend grew by seven per cent in the 12 months to March 2015 – but this figure lags behind strong growth in other States.

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Tender for regional air routes welcome

16 July 2015

Tourism Council WA has welcomed today’s announcement by the State government that it will call for tenders on regional air routes.

The announcement gives certainty to the tourism industry and local communities that there will be an air service for destinations including Albany and Esperance.

Mr Hall said the tender process would mean airlines will be forced to compete on price schedules and quality of service, providing better outcomes for locals and visitors alike.

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Tourism boost needed to stop job slump

9 July 2015

Tourism can be the saviour for the State’s employment problems as figures reveal the jobless rate has reached its highest level this year. 

Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the unemployment rate rose from 5.1 per cent in May to 5.8 per cent in June, meaning more than 11,000 Western Australians joined the ranks of the unemployed.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said boosting tourism would result in more jobs for more Western Australians as the mining sector slows down.

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$4.5b for WA from Aussie tourists

1 July 2015

Domestic tourists injected more than four and a half billion dollars into the Western Australian economy in the year to March 2015.

The latest figures from the National Visitor Survey show domestic tourist numbers increased by 14.3 per cent in the year ending March 2015, injecting $4.57 billion into the State economy.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the increase showed more people were viewing Western Australia as a good value holiday destination.

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Surge in overseas tourists boosts WA

21 June 2015

An eight per cent surge in international tourists to Western Australia has injected $2.3 billion into the State economy.

The latest figures from the International Visitor Survey for the year ending December 2014 show an extra 61,300 international visitors came to Western Australia, boosting exports into the State economy by $133 million.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the figures reveal tourism growth is creating jobs and propping up the State economy.

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Airport expansion builds tourism

20 June 2015

Tourism Council WA congratulates Premier Colin Barnett and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman on the State government investment in the expansion of Busselton airport announced today.

The expansion would provide the capacity to increase the number of visitors to Busselton, Margaret River, Southern Forests and the Great Southern.

To activate the airport, it is essential to attract airline services and bring in new tourists by promoting Western Australia.

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Tourism Budget boost to create 1,400 jobs

14 May 2015

The inclusion of $11 million funding in today’s Budget to promote Western Australia as a destination will create 1,400 jobs across the State, according to Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall.

Welcoming the final instalment of the State government’s election commitment of $24 million over four years, Mr Hall said the funding injection would provide a significant return on investment across the State.

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