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Setbacks for cruise ships at Broome

The state government has been forced to allocate an extra $8 million to a dredging program at Broome Port, while an independent report has ruled out the use of a below deck gangway for cruise ships at the port.

Online booking comes with costs

WA accommodation providers have somewhat grudgingly learned to live with third-party intermediaries, or online booking channels.

Onus on WA to form regional relationships

ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: The future can be a scary place for many, but WA’s entrepreneurial spirit will ensure we make the most of opportunity. This article is part of a special series to mark Business News' 25-year anniversary.

Regions pursue range of diverse opportunities

ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: Regional Western Australians are diversifying their local economies in any number of creative ways, from film making to building the world’s largest radio telescope. This article is part of a special series to mark Business News' 25-year anniversary.

Premium products and attractions at Margaret River

ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: From sleepy country town to international tourism destination, wine has been vital to Margaret River’s growth, but there’s much more to it. This article is part of a special series to mark Business News' 25-year anniversary.

Broome tour company wins top tourism award

Kimberley Wild Expeditions, a member of the Indigenous Champions Program, won the tourism industry’s highest prize over the weekend, just days after the Tourism Council WA called on the state government to maintain funding for Aboriginal tourism.

Settlers Tavern finds growth formula

Never settling for second best, a hardworking couple has spent the past 15 years transforming Margaret River’s local pub, Settlers Tavern, into a venue of national note.

International tourists bypass WA

International tourists spent nearly $250 million less in Western Australia during the 2018 financial year than during the previous 12 months, new data from Tourism Research Australia shows.

WA driving holidays to boost tourism

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia says an international campaign promoting driving holidays in Western Australia launched today by the state government will encourage visitation to the state.

Govt backs Airbnb inquiry

The state government has backed an inquiry into short-stay accommodation providers, just days after the Australian Hotels Association called for a tightening of regulation of the sector.

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.

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