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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 footy to drive regional tourism

9 February 2015

AFL fans coming to Western Australia for matches at the new Perth Stadium will drive tourism dollars and jobs in regional areas, according to Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall.

TCWA today launched Perth Stadium: Economic Game Changer, a strategy to drive sports tourism dollars and jobs into regional WA. The strategy estimates the new Stadium will attract 38,000 new interstate footy fans each year, who will spend $45 million across WA.

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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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Capitalise on low dollar for jobs, growth

27 January 2015

The tourism industry can capitalise on the Australian dollar falling below 80 US cents, but needs the State government to invest in marketing, according to TCWA CEO Evan Hall.

With such a competitive exchange rate, overseas trips are less appealing to Australians and overseas visitors are more likely to travel to the country.

“This can be a boom time for tourism in Western Australia – more Australians are likely to travel in WA and more international visitors are taking advantage of the low dollar,” Mr Hall said.

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Airport Plan key for modern Perth

16 January 2015

Perth Airport’s Master Plan is a key step forward for a modern global city like Perth, Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said today.

Mr Hall welcomed the approval of the Master Plan by the Federal Government, which maps out Perth Airport’s strategic direction for the next 20 years.

“The delivery of the components of the Plan will result in both a greater visitor experience and more competitive pricing between airlines,” Mr Hall said.

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New Tourism WA commissioner welcomed

15 January 2015

Tourism Council WA welcomes the Minister for Tourism’s announcement that Nicole Lockwood has been appointed to the Board of Commissioners of Tourism WA.

TCWA CEO Evan Hall said Ms Lockwood’s experience in regional development, infrastructure and planning would be an appreciated addition to the Board.

“It is vitally important to have a diverse range of skills among the Tourism WA Commissioners, and Ms Lockwood brings a valuable wealth of experience to the Board,” Mr Hall said.

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Time to promote Western Australia as a good value holiday

19 December 2014

The State government can take advantage of competitive accommodation rates across the State and promote Western Australia as a good value holiday destination to interstate and international markets, according to Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall.

Figures released by the Australia Bureau of Statistics today show that accommodation occupancy rates fell from 68 per cent to 63 per cent in the 2013-14 financial year, while the average room rate fell from $191 to $184.

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Capital legislation to boost Perth as tourist destination

16 December 2014

Legislation recognising Perth as the State’s capital city is necessary to ensure the city’s development as Western Australia’s premier tourist destination, Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said today.

Tourism Council WA welcomed the announcement by Premier Colin Barnett today that a City of Perth Act would be introduced to Parliament next year following a period of consultation.

“It is essential for Perth to have capital city legislation,” Mr Hall said.

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