Virgin Aust expects minimum $35.6m FY loss

Virgin Australia expects to report a full-year underlying earnings loss of at least $35.6 million and has warned that weaker domestic demand could push that out further.

Hotel boom over after 16 new builds, report

Perth’s hotel construction boom is entering its final phases, as existing and new operators adjust to a market transformed by the largest pipeline of development in Western Australian history.

Industry critical of indigenous tourism funding cuts

Treasurer Ben Wyatt’s state budget has delivered a dud for indigenous tourism, with funding slashed by nearly a third despite visitors to the state voicing their desire for authentic Aboriginal experiences.

Government to cut red tape for tourism ventures

The state government will assist potential operators of new tourist attractions to navigate the approvals process, following an industry campaign to reduce the red tape stifling the sector.

$4.5m for StudyPerth student plan

The state government will grant $4.5 million towards StudyPerth’s plan to turnaround the decline of international student numbers, which will include an alumni database, digital marketing campaign and an international student centre in the city.

Flight Centre stock drop on profit warning

Flight Centre shares have dropped 12 per cent after Australia's biggest travel agency slashed its full-year profit guidance due to a weaker than expected performance in the local leisure market.

Major plans for Busselton jetty

Named Australia’s third top tourist attraction at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards and visited by a record 500,000-plus people in 2018, Busselton’s iconic jetty is currently the subject of detailed plans to expand its tourist offering.

Rottnest to receive $33m boost

The federal government has pledged $17.2 million in funding for Rottnest Island, while the state government also announced today it would inject $16.2 million into the holiday destination.

Tourism marketing efforts boost holiday visitors

Western Australia recorded its highest-ever number of international holidaymakers in 2018, but total spending from international visitors declined slightly over the year, as fewer people took working holidays or visited friends and relatives in the state, according to Tourism Research Australia.

$650m plan to showcase indigenous culture

A $650 million development proposed to be built on the Burswood Peninsula promises to solve the fundamental problem with Western Australian tourism by bringing the state’s most unique indigenous experiences and natural attractions to the inner city.

Indigenous tourism a rich opportunity

An authentic indigenous cultural centre could be a key element in the revival of Western Australia’s ailing tourism sector, providing a unique attractor for interstate and international visitors, a recent forum has heard.

Hopman cut, replaced by men’s ATP Cup

Tennis Australia and Tourism Minister Paul Papalia have today officially confirmed the demise of the Hopman Cup, to be replaced by a men’s ATP Cup from January next year.

State govt spikes wave park

The McGowan government has brought a sudden end to long-running plans for a $28 million wave park on the Swan River, ironically just one day after the Tourism Council WA complained that the wave park was one of 16 new tourist experiences being held up by government red tape.

Funding boost narrows gap in tourism marketing spend

Premier Mark McGowan and Tourism Minister Paul Papalia have unveiled a $12 million spending boost for tourism and events marketing, but there remains a gap between Western Australia’s total tourism budget and those of the big-spending eastern states.

Hotel room rates, occupancy flagged to fall in 2019

Perth’s hotels market has been tipped to be one of the weakest in the country in 2019, with average room rates, occupancy and revenue per room all forecast to fall during the next 12 months.

Hoteliers shore up share, but there’s room for competition

OPINION: The hotel sector has a patchy recent past when it comes to meeting consumer demand, so the recent attacks on Airbnb are beyond the pale.

Record medal haul for WA tourism

Western Australian tourism businesses have won 16 medals at the 2018 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, the largest medal haul for the state since the awards' inception in 1985.

Film project boost for WA-China business

A Perth media group has unveiled a partnership with a Chinese streaming platform to enhance WA's trade relationship with the People's Republic.

Perth Airport rated best in country

Perth Airport has received the highest overall quality of service rating among Australia's major airports, with passengers enjoying their experience and airlines rating it the best in the country.

Airbnb goes head-to-head with critics

More than a third of visitors to Western Australia who used Airbnb said they would never have had a holiday if it wasn’t for the online home-share platform, the company asserted today, as it fought back against criticism by Tourism Council WA and the Australian Hotels Association.

Discovery launches Rottnest glamping

Rottnest’s first new accommodation in 30 years was officially launched last week, with a $25 million glamping site set to open to the public in March.