Media Releases

Attractions & Experiences to Open in Phase 3

29 May 2020

Today’s announcement of the lifting of many restrictions prohibiting tourism businesses from operating has been welcomed by Tourism Council WA.

Tourism Council WA has been working closely with the State Government to advocate for restrictions impacting tourism businesses to be eased alongside eased travel restrictions.

“Today represents a great step forward for WA’s tourism industry and will result in a significant opening up of tourism attractions and experiences across WA,” Mr Hall said.

Tourism Recovery Fund a Much-Needed Lifeline

13 May 2020

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the State Government’s announcement today of a $14.4 million tourism funding package which will provide one-off grants to tourism businesses.

Tourism Council WA has been calling for cash flow assistance for tourism businesses which have fallen through the cracks of other Government assistance measures.

Revive WA Tourism by Booking Local

12 May 2020

Western Australians will be encouraged to start ticking off their WA bucket list and book direct to help revive the State’s tourism industry through Tourism Council WA’s Holiday in WA campaign, which recommences today. 

“With a roadmap to reopen intrastate travel now laid out, Western Australians will soon be able to get back out and explore all that the State has to offer,” Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said.

Industry Welcomes Roadmap to Reopening Tourism

10 May 2020

Tourism Council WA has welcomed today’s announcement by the State Government of a roadmap to lift COVID-19 travel restrictions which will allow some intrastate tourism to recommence from next week. 

Tourism Council WA Evan Hall said the changes to travel restrictions in Phase 2 would be a lifeline for tourism businesses affected, particularly in the South West as people from Perth start to head south. 

30,500 Jobs and $3.1b Lost From Cancelled WA Holidays

23 April 2020

The tourism industry has lost $3.1 billion and more than 30,000 jobs as six months’ worth of bookings were cancelled, and refunds paid to customers, following regional WA travel restrictions. 

“Tourism operators have not just lost three weeks of trade since regional travel restrictions were implemented, they immediately lost six months’ worth of bookings as people were encouraged to cancel their holiday plans,” Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said.

WA’s Record $11b Tourism Industry Must Survive

8 April 2020

The latest International and National Visitor Survey results, released today, show visitors in WA spent a record $11 billion in 2019, an increase of 15 per cent on the previous year.

These are the most recent results available and precede the impact of bushfires and coronavirus on the tourism industry.

With the restrictions on gatherings and international, interstate and intrastate travel, WA’s $11 billion tourism industry, which employs 108,000 Western Australians, is now on hold. 

JobKeeper Leaves Tourism Businesses Behind

7 April 2020

Tourism Council WA has been inundated by concerns from small and regional tourism businesses that they will not be eligible for the JobKeeper payment.

The JobKeeper payment has been widely well-received by the industry to keep businesses afloat and staff employed during the downturn. However, Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said many tourism businesses were seasonal and may not be eligible to receive the JobKeeper payments. 

Postpone, Don't Cancel, Your Holiday in WA

25 March 2020

Tourism Council WA is asking Western Australians to postpone, rather than cancel, any planned holidays in WA that can’t currently take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said tourism businesses were relaxing their cancellation policies to allow credits so visitors could return at a later date.

“On behalf of tourism businesses across the State, we ask that you do not cancel your holiday – just postpone it. Get in touch with tourism businesses and postpone your booking for a better time,” Mr Hall said.

WA Tourism Determined to Survive

22 March 2020

Today’s $66 billion economic support package announced by the Prime Minister has been welcomed by Tourism Council WA as crucial for the tourism industry to survive, and eventually recover from, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chief Executive Officer Evan Hall said the package responded to the key points advocated by Tourism Council WA over the past few weeks, such as assistance for sole traders, SMEs and casual employees in the tourism industry. 

New Campaign Promotes Holidaying in WA

12 March 2020

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the State Government’s new multi-million-dollar intrastate marketing campaign which calls on Western Australians to support the tourism industry by exploring their own backyard. 

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said with the low Australian dollar and coronavirus impact, it was a prime time for Western Australians to holiday in WA and support the local businesses, communities and jobs which rely on tourism.