Media Releases

Tourism Industry Welcomes Reconnect WA Package

1 December 2021

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the $185 million Reconnect WA package announced by the State Government today, which includes $65 million for marketing to attract tourists, workers and international students.

As Western Australia eases border controls under the Safe Transition Plan, it will be competing with other States for interstate and international guests, including workers and students.

Best in Tourism Celebrated at Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards

13 November 2021

The best of Western Australia’s tourism industry was recognised tonight at the 2021 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards Gala Dinner, presented by Tourism Council WA at Crown Perth.

The industry’s premier awards night showcased the innovation and commitment to business excellence of the State’s leading tourism operators across 27 categories.

Transition Plan Welcomed but Reopening Date Needed

5 November 2021

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the announcement of the State Government’s Safe Transition Plan but said a reopening date was needed urgently to give tourism businesses time to plan and allow visitors to book trips.

“Without a date for reopening, people can’t book family reunions or other travel, and tourism businesses can’t recruit staff or plan to reopen,” Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said.

Vaccination Mandate Provides Clarity for Tourism

20 October 2021

Tourism Council WA has welcomed today’s announcement by the State Government of mandatory vaccination requirements for a range of workers in the tourism industry.

Chief Executive Officer Evan Hall said the announcement provided clarity for the industry on what was required of them when it came to vaccination.

Campaign Encourages Vax Ahead of Summer Peak

27 September 2021

Tourism Council WA has launched a new campaign encouraging Western Australians to get vaccinated ahead of the summer peak travel period. The campaign, featuring real WA tourism operators and employees, will air on television and social media from today.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the WA community had its part to play in keeping everyone safe ahead of the busy Christmas and summer school holiday period.

Finalists Announced in 2021 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards

23 September 2021

The finalists that will contest the prestigious 2021 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards were announced tonight at Aloft Perth.

In its 49th year, the Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards attracted entries from a diverse range of businesses from across Western Australia.

Play On in Perth with Grand Final Half-Price Tours

6 September 2021

Western Australians are encouraged to support Perth’s tourism operators on the Grand Final long weekend, with a range of tours and experiences available at half-price from today.

Tourism Council WA has partnered with Destination Perth and Western Australia Visitor Centre in an industry-led and funded program, Play On In Perth, offering a range of discounted tours and experiences for the Grand Final long weekend.

Industry Welcomes WA Tourism Grants

22 August 2021

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the joint Federal-State grant funding announced today for WA tourism businesses hit hard by east coast lockdowns and interstate and international travel restrictions. Grants of $2,000, $5,000 and $10,000 will be available for tourism businesses struggling with more than a 30% downturn. 

Call for Mandatory Vax for WA Arrivals from 1 Dec

23 August 2021

Tourism Council WA is calling for the introduction of a requirement for all interstate arrivals to Western Australia to be vaccinated from 1 December.

At its meeting last Wednesday, the Tourism Council WA board voted to support mandatory vaccination for all arrivals to the State, which CEO Evan Hall said would promote safe and responsible travel.

Tourism Industry Devastated as Visitors Locked Down

11 August 2021

The WA tourism industry is facing its worst situation since the start of the pandemic, as potential visitors from across Australia are locked down. Business activity is down by 62% across the industry, the worst result since April 2020.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the industry needed support from the Federal and State Governments to retain the businesses that would enable WA to recover interstate, and eventually international, tourism.