Media Releases

Backpacker Extension Crucial for Regional Tourism

14 September 2020

Tourism Council WA is today calling on the Federal Government to extend visas for all backpackers remaining in WA.

Normally there are around 14,000 backpackers in the State. Tourism Council WA estimates there are around 5,000 – 6,000 backpackers remaining, however they are leaving at a rate of around 1,000 – 2,000 per month.

“A 12-month visa extension would allow backpackers to continue to work in tourism businesses through the Christmas period and into the 2021 season in the North West,” Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said.

WA Domestic Tourism Dollars Decline by Half

11 September 2020

Domestic WA tourism declined by $353 million, or 49 per cent, in the 12 months to June 2020, the latest visitor survey results reveal.

Tourism Council WA analysis of Tourism Research Australia’s latest National Visitor Survey results shows the number of domestic visitors declined by 15 per cent, while their spending declined by 49 per cent. 

Domestic tourism includes intrastate and interstate tourism. These figures do not include the additional major loss of international visitors and their spending.

AFL and Events Can Save Jobs

29 August 2020

An AFL final series and other major events scheduled for October onwards can activate Perth and help save local jobs as JobKeeper and JobSeeker wind down. 

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said Perth securing the AFL finals series would be perfect timing to encourage Western Australians to support tourism businesses in the CBD which were struggling to stay open and retain employees.

JobKeeper for Seasonal Tourism Staff Welcomed

7 August 2020

Following advocacy by Tourism Council WA, the Federal Government has announced a revision to the proposed JobKeeper extension which will include seasonal tourism workers which started after March 1 and before 1 July, if the business is eligible for the program.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the amendment was a huge win for seasonal tourism businesses in northern Western Australia.

Host Town Selected for 2021 WA Regional Tourism Conference

6 August 2020

Organisers of the WA Tourism Conference are pleased to announce the 2021 event will be held in Geraldton on May 3 – 5 and will be supported by new naming rights sponsor Perth Airport.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said Geraldton had been awarded the event in recognition of its commitment to recovering as a regional tourism destination and growing its appeal to international, interstate and local WA visitors. 

Tourism Industry Experiences Significant Decline

3 August 2020

Tourism Council WA’s latest industry survey reveals that despite a busy school holidays in many towns and regions, tourism business activity across WA declined 26 per cent in June and July compared with the same time last year.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said that since the regional borders had been removed, many Western Australians had been travelling and supporting tourism businesses, but this had not made up for business usually coming from interstate and international markets.

Roadmap to Open Interstate Borders Needed

17 June 2020

Tourism Council WA is calling on the Commonwealth and State Governments to establish a clear roadmap with anticipated dates for welcoming interstate visitors back to WA and recommencing business, cultural and sporting events. 

A roadmap with anticipated dates will enable the WA tourism industry to take flexible bookings and retain jobs and allow for large-scale events to be scheduled.

“Each day without interstate visitors, Western Australia loses 42 jobs,” Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said.

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.