16 March 2021
The WA tourism industry is calling for Perth to be added to the Federal Government’s discounted airfare scheme, following the addition of Darwin, Adelaide and now Hobart to the list.
Tourism Council WA is calling on WA’s Federal Cabinet Ministers Hon Michaelia Cash, Hon Christian Porter and Hon Linda Reynolds to secure discounted direct flights to Perth as more than 5,000 tourism operators, staff and supporters have so far signed an online petition calling for Perth to be added to the list in order to save tourism jobs and businesses.
Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the State would lose valuable interstate visitors to the destinations which had attracted the discounted airfares, as holidaymakers chose to visit east coast destinations rather than WA.
“Tens of thousands of tourism jobs are at risk in Perth due to a lack of interstate and international visitors. Now we are open to the rest of Australia, it is unfair to miss out on discounted flights to Perth,” Mr Hall said.
“We are calling on both the Federal and State Governments to support these at-risk businesses by including more WA destinations, particularly Perth, in the scheme so the state can recover interstate visitors and compete in the new tourism market.
“Securing discounted flights and saving tourism businesses and jobs will be the first challenge for whoever is the Tourism Minister in McGowan’s new Cabinet.”
Mr Hall said it was unfair for east coast destinations in marginal electorates to be favoured over WA destinations.
“Tasmania’s tourism industry is less than one third of the size of WA’s, but that State has four times as many discounted flights,” he said.
“Our Federal Members of Parliament must step up and fight for WA’s tourism industry before we lose more visitors and jobs.”
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