Media Releases

WA Businesses Win at National Tourism Awards

15 March 2024

Western Australian tourism businesses have taken home 12 medals at the 2023 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards held in Darwin tonight. 

The medals were awarded to:

Closure of Horizontal Falls Tours to Cost Jobs and Visitors

15 March 2024

Tourism Council WA is calling on the State Government to commit to retaining all existing access and tourism experiences within WA’s National Parks, following the announcement today that visitors will no longer be able to traverse Horizontal Falls in the North West from the end of the 2027 season – a bucket list experience and driver of international visitation to the region. 

WWE Elimination Chamber Injects $35.2M into WA Economy

9 March 2024

More than 16,000 out-of-state visitors to WWE Elimination Chamber in Perth spent more than $35.2 million in WA, generating 329 full-time equivalent jobs.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall congratulated the State Government, Tourism WA and Optus Stadium on the success of WWE Elimination Chamber.

“Major events like WWE Elimination Chamber are a major driver for international and interstate visitors to the State, who extend their stay to visit regional Western Australia, boosting visitor spend and job creation,” Mr Hall said.

New Sustainable Tourism Standards for WA Parks

27 February 2024

Tourism Council WA has today announced new industry standards for WA national and marine park operators, with support from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) at an industry forum.

The standards would see park tourism operators achieve enhanced Sustainable Tourism Accreditation, publish a thorough assessment of their accessibility, and commit to reducing emissions.

Tourism Industry Plan to Reduce Emissions

27 February 2024

Tourism Council WA will today launch a new program for WA tourism operators to commit to reducing their carbon emissions using a tailored approach.

The Tourism Emissions Reduction Program, to be announced at Tourism Council WA’s Sustainable Tourism Forum today, will enable tourism operators to undertake an online emissions assessment and develop a bespoke emissions reduction plan.

Industry and Community Back AirBnB Reforms

21 February 2023

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the introduction of the legislation for the Short-Term Rental Accommodation reforms into State Parliament today.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the reforms would give certainty for tourism investment, particularly in regional tourism accommodation.

Federal Cap on Backpackers Devastating for Regional WA

19 February 2024

Tourism Council WA is calling on the Federal Government to rule out proposals limiting Working Holiday Makers visas (backpackers) to 12 months, as it would negatively impact regional WA and the WA economy.

Tourism Council WA welcomes Tourism Investment Committee

13 February 2024

Tourism Council WA welcomes the State Government’s establishment of a Tourism Investment Committee of Cabinet to drive new tourism investment in WA.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said private and public investment was needed to create new experiences and attractions, particularly on public land such as National Parks and Kings Park.

New attractions and accommodation needed for WA

10 February 2024

A report handed down by Tourism Research Australia on Monday showed Western Australia had the lowest level of investment in new tourism accommodation and new attractions of any State in 2022-23.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said Western Australia was currently experiencing a shortage of tourism accommodation, particularly in regional areas.