Kellie McCourt

Community in the picture at Wild Honey

WILD Honey Aboriginal Gallery in Guildford is not your average art gallery. Currently in the throes of renovation, it seems more like an artist’s studio or home than a gallery.

Bigurda taps in to a wider market

BIGURDA Aboriginal Gallery and Craft may not have been immune to the downturn in tourism since September last year, but this hasn’t stopped the business’s management from developing new markets.

A more mature view of work for those over 45

THE lack of training and employment opportunities for workers over 45 years of age may not be front-page news in the mainstream media of late, but that’s not to say the issue has gone away.

Producing peak performances

TRAINING was once primarily an activity involving newcomers to a workplace, but in today’s competitive world, developing the skills of workers at all levels has become an increasingly prominent goal for many in business.

A happy workplace is a productive one

STAFF motivation has been in the media spotlight of late with revelations that many Australian workers place satisfaction in the workplace ahead of fiscal bonuses.

Drawing a bead on the 15 percenters

WHILE the South West is a perennial favourite for Western Australian holiday makers, tourism operators have been hit by a fall-off in fly-drive and coach markets in recent months.

Kalgoorlie pushes its tourist cred

SOUTH Perth-based Kareelya Property Group is set to develop an $18 million self-contained hotel resort in Kalgoorlie.

Kalgoorlie gets back to normal

LIKE the resources sector it so heavily relies on, the Kalgoorlie residential property market has seen its share of highs and lows during the past decade.


Increased competition and rising expectations of service have resulted in a more professional and career-focused approach to waiting.

Luxury on the water

WHEN it comes to the ultimate “executive lifestyle” and the toys that go with it, thoughts turn to Monaco, the Mediterranean and luxury cruisers.

Barely contained enthusiasm for the coast

WHILE many in the accommodation business are suffering from a fall-off in trade, nothing could be further from the truth for those in the self-contained costal apartment business.

From sea change to tsunami

IT’S a bit of an Australian dream for 40-something couples to leave their nine-to-five city jobs for a more simple, relaxed life in the country.

Many layers to sporting events’ promotional value

IT’S not news that Western Australians love sport. It’s not really a shock that the professional sporting industry generates 1 per cent of our national GDP.

Getting tourists in touch with nature

THESE are tough times for those in the business of tourism.On a local level, the collapse of Ansett will have long-term ramifications for many operators in Australia’s most isolated State.

A spring in my step

THINGS appear to be going swimmingly in the Swan Valley. About $28 million was invested in the region in the past financial year and this year’s Spring in the Valley Festival is expect to attract more than 60,000 people.

Welcome to wildflower wonderland

JUST about everything to do with WA’s wildflower season is big. From the area across which the buds bloom to the 12,000 or so different species – it’s an enormous spectacle that attracts increasingly large numbers of tourists.

Corporates buoyed by dolphin experience

THERE aren’t too many corporate outings that begin with the donning of rubber suits and end with cold fingers and wet bottoms.

Passion drives adventure tourism boom

ECO-TOURISM may have been the buzzword in the ’90s, but adventure tourism is staking a claim to be the leading contender for the WA tourism dollar in the next decade.

High hopes for new convention centre

THE planned Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre may be several years from completion but already the facility has snagged bookings for nine conventions and 36 exhibitions.

Rotto winter weekenders prove popular

TRADITIONALLY Perth’s summer holiday playground, Rottnest Island isn’t usually associated with blazing fires, lush green landscapes and quiet relaxation. But that’s all changing.

No seasonal break for SW operators

THE Winter Breaks promotion run by the Western Australian Tourism Commission (WATC) has been a huge success for many tourism operators in WA’s South West.

Fresh approach for white-water marathon

WHAT a difference two years make.Just 24 months ago the Coates Hire Avon Descent was on the brink of collapse, yet this year the event will be exposed to a national (and hopefully) and international tele-vision audience.

Eclectic mix part of Broome’s magic

ONLY in Western Australia would federal politicians, the rich, the famous and the beautiful sit together around a dirt track beside the blue singlets and thong brigade to watch a horse race and share a beer.

New network a revolution for tourism

THE new and improved WA Tourism Network is set to revolutionise visitors’ access to the WA tourism industry, give local tourism operators national and international exposure, and allow information sharing between visitors’

One way to Tokyo, via the east coast

LAST week’s decision by Qantas to re-route the direct Tokyo-Perth flight via Sydney – adding an extra six hours to the trip – has outraged the local tourism industry.

Karijini centre a boost for tourists and locals

PREMIER Geoff Gallop and Banyjima elder Wobby Parker last week opened the $4 million visitors’ centre at Karijini National Park in the Pilbara.

A welcome surprise for Mt Romance

A SANDALWOOD oil refinery and cosmetic product factory located in the State’s south has become an unexpected tourism success story.

Getting train tourism back on track

WHILE many of the State’s baby boomers will have fond memories of holiday train travel to places like Albany and Esperance, chances are their offspring – those we call Generation X – are unaware such trips ever existed.

Familiar names on top at tourism’s gala night

WINNERS of The Western Australian Tourism Award announced at a gala dinner last week came from a diverse range of backgrounds and areas of contribution.

Spa holidays soothe away the stresses

HEALTH spas and holistic holidays could be the next big thing in the Western Australian tourism industry.As life’s pressures increase and the time to relax diminishes, a spa holiday seems to be an alluring idea.

Tough competition in tourism awards

OPERATORS and individuals who have made significant contributions to tourism in the State will be recognised at the annual Western Australian Tourism Awards tomorrow, Friday June 8.