Media Releases

Airport rail a boost for tourism

10 February 2013

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has welcomed election promises from both parties to build the airport rail link by 2018. The link will be a major boost for tourism by reducing congestion and travel costs; and improving the visitor experience.

The Liberal party have proposed a $1.895 billion Airport rail link which will include three stations and 3000 parking bays and the Labor party have also promised to build a Perth Airport rail line as the first project of it $3.8billion METRONET priority program.

Tourism a winner in election promises

8 February 2013

The Liberal and Labor parties have both announced major tourism funding packages during an election debate between Tourism Minister Kim Hames and Shadow Tourism Minister Michelle Roberts. The debate was held by the Tourism Council this morning before an industry audience.

Flights from Jakarta to Perth to boost tourism

6 February 2013

Tourism Council WA has congratulated Garuda Indonesia and Tourism Minister Kim Hames on today’s announcement of a new daily service from Jakarta to Perth which will commence on the 28 June.

Tourism Council WA Evan Hall said the new service was a great result after months of negotiations backed by both the State Government and Tourism WA.

“This Jakarta air service is about bringing Indonesian visitors to WA, rather than just WA tourists going to Bali” said Mr Hall.

Event funding to boost tourism in the Great Southern

30 January 2013

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall has welcomed today’s announcement of a funding increase for the IGA Taste Great Southern food and wine festival through the State Governments Regional Events Program.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall applauded Tourism Minister Kim Hames and Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls on today’s announcement and said “investment in events like the Taste Great Southern festival is critical to getting Australians to visit regional WA”.

Tourism needs marketing push as regional towns continue to trail Perth

11 January 2013

Today’s data from the ABS Survey of Tourist Accommodation for the September Quarter 2012 shows the occupancy of regional tourist accommodation remains well behind Perth and mining towns. For the September quarter 2012, hotel occupancy for Perth was 86% while average regional occupancy was 62%.

“Western Australia is relying on the mining boom and is under investing in tourism” said Evan Hall, CEO of Tourism Council WA.

International tourism slides

5 December 2012

Latest data released by Tourism Research Australia shows that international leisure tourism to Western Australia has dropped by 3% in the past 12 months compared to the a 3% national increase.

“WA has the second lowest state investment in tourism marketing, and we are losing market share to other states” said Evan Hall, CEO of Tourism Council WA.

Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards celebrate 40 years of excellence

11 November 2012

Over 800 guests gathered last night at Crown Perth to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Perth Airport Western Australian Tourism Awards, Awards that recognise tourism excellence and reflect the passion and professionalism of tourism operators in Western Australia.

Sky wars to benefit WA tourism

30 October 2012

Tourism Council WA anticipates fierce competition on WA regional routes following today’s announcement that Virgin will acquire the regional airline Skywest and Tiger Airways. Tourism Council WA believes the takeover is a sign of increased rivalry between Virgin and Qantas in WA.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said “greater competition between Qantas and Virgin will keep a lid on WA aviation prices and attract more visitors to regional towns in WA.”

Funds available to help innovate and improve WA tourism industry

23 October 2012

Tourism Council WA welcomes the announcement of the $48.5 million Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund (TIRF) which will assist tourism businesses in WA to increase the quality and range of visitor experiences.

Businesses can apply for grants from $50,000 to $250,000 to support their investment in tourism industry related accommodation, infrastructure, experiences and facilities.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said “this new fund comes from strong advocacy from the tourism industry during the last Federal Budget.”   

25% federal tax hit on regional tourism

22 October 2012

A 25% increase in visa fees is expected to be announced in the Treasurers mini-budget today. The visa fee increase comes on top of a recent 17% tax increase on international visitors.

The latest tax hit includes the “Backpacker” Working Holiday Visa rising by 25% from $280 to $350. Backpackers are critical to WA regional towns as they travel widely across the state and stay a long time in regional areas.