Media Releases

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.

Holiday in WA with State’s National Award Winners

6 March 2020

Western Australian tourism businesses have taken home ten medals for the State at the 2019 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards held in Canberra tonight. 

The Gold Medals were awarded to:

Commitment to Implement Short-Stay Accommodation Inquiry Recommendations Welcomed

12 February 2020

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the announcement today by the State Government that the recommendations of the parliamentary inquiry into short-stay accommodation will be adopted. 

At last year’s inquiry, Tourism Council WA called for changes to the short-stay accommodation sector to ensure fair competition across the market and maintain visitor expenditure and tourism jobs across WA, through a submission and in-person appearance. 

Federal Relief Needed to Protect WA Tourism

11 February 2020

Tourism Council WA has called on the Federal Government to immediately respond to the crisis facing the WA tourism industry from the coronavirus and inject $76 million for international marketing, small business support and regional tourism.

The severity of the impact of travel restrictions due to coronavirus on WA’s tourism industry is to the same scale of the recent bushfires, following which the Federal Government allocated $76 million for an industry recovery package. 

Tourism Marketing Boost to Save Businesses and Jobs

10 February 2020

Today’s announcement by the State Government of close to $5 million in additional tourism marketing funding has been welcomed by Tourism Council WA.

The additional funding will be used for a marketing boost to attract visitors and support businesses impacted by cancellations and reduced forward bookings stemming from perception of bushfire impact and the coronavirus outbreak. 

Holiday in WA to support jobs, communities

2 February 2020

Western Australians are being encouraged to book their next holiday in their own State to support tourism businesses and local communities facing challenges from the perception of bushfire devastation, coronavirus and unfair commissions from overseas booking platforms.

Tourism Council WA’s Holiday in WA campaign, featuring 14 real tourism operators from across the State, recommences on television and digital channels this weekend. 

Marketing Boost to Support Tourism; Jobs

31 January 2020

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the announcement of a multimillion-dollar marketing boost to support businesses impacted by cancellations and reduced forward bookings stemming from perception of bushfire impact and the coronavirus outbreak.

The State Government today announced $2.85 million in new funding to attract interstate visitors to Western Australia through co-operative marketing, airline partnerships, and trade partners, and encourage intrastate travel.