Media Releases

Avoid Rogue Operators and Enjoy a Safe Holiday Season

30 December 2019

Western Australians are encouraged to enjoy their holidays with genuine licensed tourism operators amid a rise in reports of unlicensed rogue operators which could pose a risk to customer safety.

Tourism Council WA has received reports from across the tourism industry of an increase in the number of rogue businesses operating tours without transport or national park licences. 

Regional WA to Benefit from Marketing Boost

23 December 2019

The State Government’s next wave of international marketing boost funding targeting European travellers will likely result in greater visitation to regional parts of WA, creating jobs in local communities.

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the announcement today that the next stage of the $12 million international marketing boost will target travellers from the United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland.

Holiday in WA to support jobs, communities

12 November 2019

A new campaign will encourage Western Australians to explore their own State on their next holiday, supporting local jobs and communities.

The Holiday in WA campaign, featuring 14 real tourism operators from across the State, will begin appearing on television and digital channels from today.

Western Australians travelling overnight in WA spend $4.4 billion in the local economy, creating approximately 57,000 jobs, particularly in regional towns.

Best in Tourism Celebrated at Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards

9 November 2019

The best of Western Australia’s tourism industry was recognised tonight at the 2019 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards Gala Dinner, presented by Tourism Council WA at Crown Perth.

The industry’s premier awards night showcased the innovation and commitment to business excellence of the State’s leading tourism operators across 31 categories.

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

Events & Students Critical to Visitor Growth

8 October 2019

Western Australia must attract more international students and secure more blockbuster events to ensure continued visitor growth.

The latest results of the International Visitor Survey and National Visitor Survey for the 12 months to June 2019 show an increase in visitors, particularly holidaymakers, from all markets.  

Red tape reform to bolster catch-and-cook tourism

5 October 2019

Tourism Council WA has welcomed reforms to fishing regulations which will facilitate a growth in catch-and-cook tourism in Western Australia. 

The changes mean holidaymakers can have their recreationally caught fish cooked by a chef in their accommodation’s restaurant or kitchen, which was not previously possible. 

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the small reform was expected to increase visitation to coastal Western Australia by visitors seeking a genuine catch-and-cook experience.

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.