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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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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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Federal Budget supports tourism

12 May 2015

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the Federal government’s allocation of $36.7 million in additional funding for Tourism Australia in tonight’s Budget.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the funding, which would support marketing activities abroad, would enhance Australia’s attraction to overseas guests while the Australian dollar was low.

“It is pleasing to see the Federal government supporting its identification of tourism as one of five National Investment Priorities by allocating this additional funding,” Mr Hall said.

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Government must promote Perth to fill 2,050 new hotel rooms

18 April 2015

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has welcomed today’s announcement that AVANI will bring its first hotel to Australia next to Perth Arena, but warns tourism promotion is needed to fill the large number of hotel rooms currently in development in Perth.

The additional 450 rooms to be built at AVANI near the Perth Arena will bring the total number of hotel rooms to be built in Perth in the next few years to 2,050.

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New Kimberley National Park; a major tourism drawcard

24 March 2015

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has welcomed the creation of the Kimberley National park announced today. As Australia’s largest national park, Tourism Council WA believe the proposed park will be a major tourism drawcard.

“’Western Australia is one of the world’s great eco-tourism destinations. Each year over 1.3 million tourists visit National Parks across the state” said Mr Hall.

“The Kimberley National Park will outrank Kakadu as Australia’s largest National Park”’ said Mr Hall.

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Perth has Giant appetite for unique events

16 February 2015

Unique events like The Giants which draw locals and visitors alike into Perth should be at the forefront of the city’s event calendar, according to Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall.

The massive crowds and great community interest in The Giants proved that bringing unique events to Perth provided a boost to the city both culturally and economically.

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Perth Stadium to drive 1,300 tourism jobs

9 February 2015

The new Perth Stadium has the potential to attract more than 65,000 new visitors and deliver more than $291 million and 1,300 jobs to the State economy through tourism each year.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall will announce these figures this morning at the launch of Perth Stadium: Economic Game Changer, a strategy for Western Australia to capitalise on the new Perth Stadium.

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