New figures confirm WA's tourism malaise
Overseas visitors to WA spent $166 million less than they did a year ago, as figures to be released today reveal more bad news for the tourism sector.
Despite improvements in interstate and intrastate numbers, Tourism Council WA says the continuing decline in overseas visitors is damaging, with more than 1200 jobs lost as tourist-related businesses close or reduce staff.
It has called for an immediate injection of State Government money.
The latest figures show a one per cent increase in international visitors to WA in the year to the end of September. Tasmania recorded a 15 per cent increase, NSW 6 per cent and Queensland 5 per cent.
International tourist spending in WA fell 7 per cent to $2.2 billion while Tasmania recorded a 13 per cent increase, Queensland jumped 12 per cent and NSW grew 9 per cent.
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Interstate numbers to WA rose 8 per cent over the same period.
Tourism Council chief executive Evan Hall said this could be attributed to investment in interstate marketing, particularly with AFL tourism packages.
But Mr Hall said the Tourism WA budget was not enough to cover international and interstate markets and a tourism jobs growth fund was needed.
Tourism WA chief Brodie Carr said the overall increase in tourism numbers was pleasing but the growth needed to be more consistent over a longer period “before we start celebrating”.
Shadow tourism minister Libby Mettam said the increase in interstate visitors came at the cost of international visitors.
Visitors from the US and Malaysia are down and those from India, Japan and Germany are up.