Tourism game-changer to land at Perth Airport

Perth Airport is paving the way for Western Australia to have a tourism attraction of global significance, setting aside land to facilitate the development of the $510 million Australian Biome Project.

Tourism Council calls for broader industry action

Tourism Council WA has encouraged the state to attract more international students and events, as the state government touted figures from Tourism Research Australia as proof its marketing campaigns were paying off.

Busselton underwater centre catches funding wave

Busselton is set to have an underwater observatory, after the federal government committed $13 million to the project as part of its Regional Growth Fund.

Sealink to acquire Transit for up to $700m

A privately-owned international bus operator that commenced operations in Perth in 1995 has struck a friendly merger agreement with SeaLink Travel Group, which operates the Rottnest and Swan River ferry services.

$40k penalties after WA pilots underpaid

The operators of a scenic and commercial helicopter flights business in regional Western Australia have been fined $40,260 after it was found guilty of underpaying two pilots.

Push for regulation of short-stay sector

Industry bodies are divided over a plan to increase regulation of short-stay accommodation providers such as Airbnb, with Tourism Council WA and the Australian Hotels Association among supporters of the proposed rules.

Direct Shanghai-Perth flights for 2020 trial

The state government has announced that China Eastern Airlines will trial direct flights between Shanghai and Perth in January and February of next year

Nature does the business

Peter Buckman says he loves his work with the Friends of Kings Park because he can see the positive impact of his efforts.

Coast, river resources to respect and enjoy

Perth is blessed with world-class beaches and the iconic Swan River, but the city is still exploring how best to activate and protect these locations.

A Pirate Life for Perth in 2020

Local hospitality entrepreneur Andy Freeman is leading a move to build a local branch of South Australian brewery Pirate Life in Perth, with a three level, 1000 person venue to open on Murray Street next year.

Thomas Cook collapses

Online travel agent Webjet looks set to take an earnings hit and could write-off $43.7 million following the collapse of giant UK travel company Thomas Cook.

Tourism sector says new attractions needed

While WA’s tourism industry has steadily recovered in the past year, industry and business leaders continue to debate the best way forward.

Thompsons invest for Chinese lobster tourism

One of Western Australia's most prominent fishing families will invest in tech company OpenDNA to provide marketing services and a Chinese mobile payment system to lure Chinese tourists.

HYDE Kitchen coming to Perth

International bar and restaurant chain HYDE Kitchen + Cocktails will feature at Accor’s The Adnate hotel when it opens in October.

Rottnest, quokkas boost SeaLink's earnings

Rottnest Island’s quokkas have given SeaLink Travel Group a handy boost, with the company’s ferry services producing a profit for the first time since the national operator launched them around 18 months ago.

Crown full-year profit slumps

Crown Resorts’ full-year profit has fallen 4.7 per cent to $368.6 million, with revenue from floor gaming down in Perth and reduced VIP revenue across Australia.

Tourism Council puts reality check on jobs data

Tourism Council WA has put a damper on Tourism Minister Paul Papalia's positive take on new data showing a record number of jobs in the sector, pointing out that growth in tourism jobs in WA was the lowest of any state or territory.

Matagarup zip line, Optus climb a step closer

Plans for a zip line at Matagarup Bridge and a rooftop climb at Optus Stadium are advancing, after the state government shortlisted three potential operators.

Marriott bringing its Moxy to Perth

The world’s biggest hotel chain is bringing one of its newest brands to Western Australia, with a Moxy Hotel to be built at 195 Hay Street in East Perth.

Domestic tourists on the rise

Interstate and intrastate visitors to WA have increased, but international tourists numbers declined slightly, according to the latest data from Tourism Research Australia.

$6m of international marketing deals for WA

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia today announced a suite of international marketing campaigns as part of what the government is calling the biggest international marketing push in the state's history.