Tourism Council welcomes new tourism minister

16 March 2017

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the announcement today that Paul Papalia MLA will be the Tourism Minister in the new Labor Government.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said Mr Papalia had been a strong voice for tourism during his time as opposition spokesperson for the industry.

“Mr Papalia worked hard in his role as opposition spokesperson for tourism to work collaboratively with industry and understand what it needs to grow and take back market share lost during the resources boom,” Mr Hall said.

“With tourism injecting more than $9 billion into the State economy annually and creating more than 97,000 jobs for Western Australians, it is an incredibly valuable industry for the future of WA which has the potential to replace job losses in other industries as their economic impact declines.”

Mr Hall said Tourism Council WA strongly supported the McGowan Labor Government’s commitment to invest in tourism and international education and estimated the new Government would be able to create at least 2,100 jobs through this commitment.

“Labor has long championed the role of tourism in diversifying the State’s economy and we look forward to working closely with the new Minister to continue to grow tourism in WA and create jobs,” he said.

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