WA Labor’s Tourism Election Policy Welcomed

Tourism Council WA has praised WA Labor’s commitment to consistent and predictable funding for tourism, as the party reaffirmed it would commit $425 million over five years for tourism marketing and events and $2 million to increase international student numbers at an industry event this morning.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the commitment would create more than 2,300 new jobs for Western Australians.

 “With consistent and predictable funding, the tourism industry can enter into long-term strategies, partnerships and trade agreements to develop visitor markets and increase visitation to WA,” he said.

At the event, Mr McGowan also announced he would lead a tourism industry international trade delegation to drive visitation to WA.

 “An international tourism trade delegation led by the Premier would be a great way to raise the profile of the industry on the international stage,” Mr Hall said.

Mark McGowan also announced a new direction for the State’s tourism attractions, declaring he would introduce greater coordination among attractions and make tourism their number one focus.

“Public attractions have a critical role in bringing in international and interstate visitors and creating new jobs.”

“Combining the focus of attractions such as Perth Zoo, Kings Park, Whiteman Park, the Bell Tower and Fremantle Prison will mean there is a clear focus towards creating tourism jobs by having performance targets for international and interstate visitors to the State’s great public attractions.”

WA Labor’s tourism policy also includes:

  • Further extensive reform of liquor licensing to make it easier to start new tourism businesses;
  • Continued funding for Aboriginal tourism and Visitor Centres, and no cutbacks to tourism funding;
  • Ensuring all intrastate regular passenger transport aviation services are on the Global Distribution System and empty seats are sold to tourists through discount leisure packages.

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