18 March 2021
Tourism Council WA has welcomed today’s announcement of Hon David Templeman MLA as the new Tourism Minister in the re-elected Labor Government.
Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said he was looking forward to Minister Templeman being the strong voice that the WA tourism industry needed.
“I look forward to working with the new Minister in what is a very critical moment for the future of the industry,” Mr Hall said
“The immediate challenge for the new Government and Tourism Minister is to sustain at-risk tourism businesses still struggling from the impact of the interstate border restrictions.
“It is critical that local tourism operators, whether it be tours, experiences, or accommodation, are supported and sustained until confidence in domestic travel across Australia returns, as many risk closure or mass job losses when JobKeeper ends next week.”
Mr Hall said the Minister’s first task was to secure discounted direct flights to Perth in order to save tourism jobs and businesses and recover valuable interstate visitors.
“While regional hospitality and some tourism businesses are doing well, tours, attractions, and accommodation, particularly in Perth, are still struggling,” he said.
“Tens of thousands of tourism jobs in Perth are at risk due to the lack of both interstate and international visitors, and it is unfair that other capital cities such as Darwin, Adelaide, and Hobart have now been added to the list of discounted flights announced by the Federal Government, while Perth still misses out.
“We are calling on the new State Government to support these at-risk tourism businesses by ensuring Perth is included in the airfare scheme, so that the state can compete in the new domestic tourism market.”
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