Media Releases

WA Tourism’s Best Summer, But Challenges Ahead

29 January 2020

The WA tourism industry is experiencing its best summer season ever, with an industry survey revealing business activity has grown by five per cent.

The Tourism Pulse quarterly business activity survey revealed five per cent growth from October to December, and an expected eight per cent growth from January to March 2020. Tourism Pulse is the only real-time survey results of how tourism is performing in WA and is months ahead of official tourism statistics.

Federal Funding to Grow Rottnest Island

21 January 2020

Rottnest Island’s status as a national tourism icon will grow the attraction’s appeal and meet the needs of growing visitor numbers.

Last year, Rottnest Island received $17.2 million funding through the Federal Government’s Tourism Icons Package, with Assistant Minister for Regional Tourism, Senator the Hon Jonathon Duniam, visiting Western Australia today to formally announce the details of the project. 

Tourism Council Welcomes Recovery Package

19 January 2020

Tourism Council WA welcomes the announcement of a $76 million Federal tourism recovery package to revive Australia’s reputation as a fantastic leisure destination that is open for business and directly assist bushfire-affected businesses.

Tourism Spending Growth Generates 8,000 Jobs

16 January 2020

Growth in tourism spending from international and interstate visitors generated an estimated 8,000 full-time jobs in Western Australia in 2019.

“Over the past 12 months, WA tourism has recovered from the lows of 2017 and 2018, and is growing jobs once more,” Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said.

“Tourism Council WA estimates that increased visitor spending created an additional 8,000 full-time jobs in 2019.”

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.