Media Releases

Hero lobster to attract $110m more in tourist spend

2 October 2019

A trial of changes to rock lobster availability for tourism operators is expected to inject $110 million in additional visitor expenditure into the WA economy.

The changes will allow increased boat limits of rock lobster for selected charter operators, and will mean tour operators can store lobsters on vessels to tend to pots prior to tours, guaranteeing a catch-and-cook experience for visitors. 

Finalists Announced in 2019 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards

26 September 2019

The finalists that will contest the prestigious 2019 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards were announced tonight at Optus Stadium. 

In its 47th year, the Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards attracted a record number of entrants, representing a diverse range of businesses from across Western Australia.

Tourism Industry Supports State-wide Regulation of Short Stay Accommodation

26 September 2019

Tourism Council WA welcomes today’s comprehensive report from the Economic and Industry Standing Committee on short-stay accommodation and supports the primary recommendation for a State-wide registration scheme.

Shanghai Direct Flight Trial to Inject $4m

26 September 2019

Tourism Council WA has welcomed today’s announcement that a trial of direct flights between Shanghai and Perth by China Eastern Airlines has been secured for early 2020. 

The trial of 15 flights begins on January 15, 2020 and coincides with Chinese New Year. Tourism Council WA estimates the trial will inject $4 million into the WA economy through additional visitor expenditure.

WA Should Target 6,000 Tourism Jobs

14 August 2019

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the news from Tourism Research Australia’s latest State Tourism Satellite Accounts which show WA added around 2,000 tourism jobs in 2017-18.

However, Western Australia had the lowest tourism jobs growth of any State or Territory at 1.8 per cent, far behind the Australian growth of 5.3 per cent, and classified as “below average growth” in the report.

“If WA tourism had grown at the same rate as Australia, 5,700 new jobs would have been created across the State,” Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said.

Interstate tourism rebounds off stadium appeal

16 July 2019

The latest National Visitor Survey results for the year ending March 2019 show the number of interstate visitors has increased by 16%. Spending by these visitors has increased by 22% to $1.7 billion over the twelve months to March 2019. 

The growth in interstate tourism is driven by a rebound in leisure visitors attracted to WA by State Government investment in marketing and events, Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said.

International holiday visitors soar, but overall visitors decline

18 June 2019

The latest International Visitor Survey results for the year ending March 2019 show the number of holiday makers travelling from overseas has grown by 9.3%. Spending by these holiday makers has increased by 14.8%. 

The State Government’s funding boost has given the tourism industry an immediate boost in confidence as well. The industry is cooperatively investing more alongside Government in attracting holiday makers, which is starting to show results, Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said. 

Conference to add over quarter of a million dollars into local economy

7 June 2019

The tourism industry’s leading conference is expected to inject more than a quarter of a million dollars into the local economy of the host town, Karratha, when it takes place later this year.

More than 200 delegates are expected to attend the 2019 WA Regional Tourism Conference, which travels north for the first time on September 16 – 18. 

“Economic modelling shows conference delegates are expected to inject $310,000 into the local economy across the three-day event,” Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said.

Lost Opportunity for Lobster Tourism & Regional Jobs

23 May 2019

Tourism Council WA expresses its disappointment that the fishing industry has not reached agreement with the State Government to provide any additional lobsters for the domestic market, including for marine tourism experiences and the proposed lobster festival.

“Today’s announcement is a lost opportunity for regional tourism and job creation,” Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said.

“A small, sustainable increase in the availability of lobsters would have provided for new marine tourism experiences along the coast of Western Australia.”

Perth’s Hotel Boom Unprecedented: Report

16 May 2019

Perth has developed an unprecedented number of new hotels in the past five years, with 16 new hotels and almost 2,500 rooms constructed. However, Perth could have reached the end of its hotel boom, with no new construction starting in the past 12 months, a report released today by Tourism Council WA reveals.

“Since 2012, the number of hotel rooms in Perth has increased by 37 per cent,” Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said.