Media Releases

Tourism welcomes lobster deal

8 February 2019

Tourism Council WA has welcomed today’s announcement by the Fisheries Minister that an agreement has been reached to increase the sustainable lobster catch by 315 tonnes, primarily for use in WA.

Growth Fund Needed to Stop Tourism Jobs Losses

9 January 2019

Tourism Council WA has called on the State Government to compete with other States by establishing a Tourism Jobs Growth Fund to arrest a continual decline in visitor expenditure which has already resulted in the loss of more than 1,000 jobs across WA.

The International Visitor Survey results for the twelve months to September 2018, released today, reveal expenditure by international visitors to Western Australia fell by 7%, or $166 million.

Lobster reforms to catch foodie tourists

8 December 2018

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the announcement by the Fisheries Minister which expands sustainable rock lobster catch and increases lobster supplies for locals and tourists.

Under the changes, the sustainable catch will be increased from 6,300 tonnes to 8,000 tonnes, with part of the increase being retained in WA to boost supplies for visiting tourists and locals.

New Museum a Tourism Drawcard

4 December 2018

WA’s new museum will be a significant tourism attraction for the state, providing a compelling experience for many visitors who will stay longer to visit the new museum.

“Tourist visitors to the Museum’s unique collections would be staying longer and spending more in WA, which will create jobs in retail, hospitality and accommodation,” Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said.

The tourism industry is working with the WA Museum to create value-added experiences from behind-the-scenes tours through to a ‘sleep-over’ night at the new museum.

WA tourism needs retail reform

28 November 2018

Tourism Council WA supports calls from the business community for the deregulation of shopping hours in line with other States to meet the expectations and needs of visitors.

In 2017-18, international visitors to Australia spent $3.8 billion exclusively on retail shopping. Visitors also go shopping for pleasure, with 77% of international visitors to Australia, and up to 86% of visitors from China, undertaking shopping for pleasure during their trip.

New Rottnest Island experiences welcomed by Tourism Council

26 November 2018

Tourism Council WA has welcomed the announcement today of eight new tourism experiences for Rottnest Island, which will attract more visitors to the island and encourage people to stay longer.

The new experiences include helmet diving tours; glass bottom sea kayaking tours; sunset and whale watching catamaran tours; a mobile café; and catch-and-cook seafood experiences.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said it was great to see a new approach to activities on the island.

Man United to attract thousands to WA

21 November 2018

Tourism Council WA anticipates today’s announcement that Manchester United will play in Perth in July 2019 will attract more than 10,000 visitors to Western Australia for the two matches.

English Premier League team Manchester United will play Perth Glory on July 13, 2019, followed by a match against Leeds United Football Club on July 17, 2019, both at Optus Stadium.

Tourism’s Best Recognised at Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards

10 November 2018


Western Australia’s leading tourism operators have been recognised for their innovation and commitment to excellence at the industry’s premier awards ceremony, the 2018 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards Gala Dinner, at Crown Perth tonight.

Now in its 46th year, the Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards continuously attracts entries from tourism businesses from across WA, ranging from large operators through to small, family-run businesses.

Budget cuts risk further Aboriginal tourism decline

9 November 2018

The state government must maintain dedicated funding for Aboriginal tourism businesses as WA falls behind other states in the number of international visitors participating in Aboriginal cultural activities.

Change needed as international visitors, spend falls

2 November 2018

The latest International Visitor Survey results show Western Australia was again the only State to experience a decline in international visitor numbers and expenditure in 2017-18.

The figures show the number of international visitors to Western Australia fell by 1.8 per cent, while visitor expenditure decreased by 9.9 per cent, or $248 million.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the results showed WA was not keeping pace with investment in marketing, events and attractions in other States.