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Bocol wins Kalbarri contract

Specialist civil engineering company Bocol Constructions has been awarded a state government contract to build two 100-metre-high skywalks in Kalbarri national park.

Perth to host second tourism trade show

Perth has been named host city for next year’s Dreamtime tourism showcase, Australia’s major event for promoting Australia as a world-class incentive destination to overseas travel sellers and buyers.

Tourists take to the road less travelled

A niche offering and strong social media engagement have paid off for Sean Blocksidge’s Margaret River tour business.

Rotto rejuvenation puts options in play

Opinion: Increased amenity and accessibility on Rottnest are signs the island is catching up with public expectations.

Williams to hit Hopman Cup

US tennis star Serena Williams is the latest high-profile player to commit to the upcoming Hopman Cup, with the news coinciding with data showing an increase in the number of tourist visits to Western Australia.

Busselton still in mix for Qantas academy

The state government remains hopeful Busselton can become the second site for a Qantas pilot academy, pledging up to $1.7 million and formally committing to a new $13 million terminal if the South West town is chosen.

Government sells WA to the world

SPECIAL REPORT: The state government is spearheading programs to build interest in WA as a preferred leisure destination within Australia and overseas.

Room choice here to stay

SPECIAL REPORT: Perth’s hotel capacity has increased by about 30 per cent since 2012 and Business News has identified a further 3,150 rooms that are either under construction or committed, as the city’s hotel sector is transformed.

Private builds for foreign students

SPECIAL REPORT: Accommodation groups are betting on international students returning to Perth.

Walk tours an experience, not a destination

SPECIAL REPORT: When Ryan Zaknich started his Perth walking tours business Two Feet & a Heartbeat 11 years ago, one of his featured routes incorporated stops at each of the city’s small bars - all three of them.

Former surfing boss to lead Tourism WA

Former Association of Surfing Professionals chief executive Brodie Carr has been appointed as Tourism WA’s new managing director.

Brown to lead industry department

The state government has selected Department of Health executive Rebecca Brown as the new director general of its industry and tourism mega department – making her the third woman picked this year to head a major government agency.

International students bypass WA

South Australia is giving Western Australia a run for its money in the race to attract international students.

Brand’s new tourism division to corral the ‘complex beast’

The Brand Agency has launched a destination marketing division, headed by former Tourism WA chief executive Gwyn Dolphin.

Tourism isn’t rocket science

Opinion: A more creative approach is required if the state’s weak spots on tourism are to be overcome.

Esplanade Hotel on the market

The Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle is up for sale, with its owners hoping for a big premium on their $88.5 million purchase price in 2013.

New hotels offer diverse art canvas

The city’s pipeline of hotel developments is providing immense opportunities for local artists and art dealers.

Mining, tourism partner in new initiative

The Perth Mint, Go West Tours and Newmont Mining have teamed up to showcase the state’s gold production process as a new guided day tour, unveiled by the Premier Mark McGowan this morning.

WA tourism continues to slide

The latest international tourism statistics show a further decline for Western Australia despite positive results for the national market.

Terrace Hotel set to close down

The Terrace Hotel, which restored the heritage St Georges House in 2012, is set to shut its door from tomorrow afternoon, Business News understands.

Perth airfares on the rise

Airfares on key international business routes from Perth continue to rise, according to a new report, while Virgin Australia has today unveiled plans to start direct flights between WA and Tasmania later this year.

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