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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.

New operator for Perth tourism hub

Queensland-based The Tourism Group is set to become the new operator of the Western Australian Visitor Centre in the Perth CBD after winning a state government contract.

Oil dependency a slippery slope

Rising oil prices will affect behavior and the cost of living across all sectors of society and industry.

Karratha up for rebrand

Advertising agency 303 MullenLowe has been appointed by the City of Karratha to develop a four-year branding campaign worth $1.9 million designed to attract new residents and tourists to the area.

Qantas launches cheap flights to Broome

The state government has announced a partnership with Qantas that will provide discounted airfares for flights to Broome in an effort to boost regional tourism.

Business leaders see potential

Entrepreneur lunch: Peter Prendiville, Rod Jones, Gordon Martin and John Rothwell have outlined the challenges they see in diversifying WA’s economy.

Government investigates Qantas WA pilot school

The McGowan government says it will set up a taskforce to investigate establishing a pilot training academy in Western Australia, after Qantas today launched a formal request for proposals from state governments across the country.

Helloworld takes $3m stake in Perth travel firm

ASX-listed travel company Helloworld has taken a majority stake in Asia Escape Holidays, four years after a backdoor listing plan by Asia Escape and two other Perth travel agencies fell through.

CEO interview with Nev Power

Former Fortescue Metals Group CEO Nev Power’s new career as a non-executive director has started with Perth Airport.

Poynton replaces Packer on Crown board

Perth-based John Poynton has been appointed as a non-executive director of Crown Resorts, replacing billionaire James Packer.

Westin Hotel opens in Perth’s east end

Marriott International has opened Perth’s first Westin Hotel at an official ceremony this morning, anchoring a new dining and leisure precinct set to revamp the area.

Rottnest hotel set for major upgrade

The state government has today announced plans for a major upgrade of Hotel Rottnest, while construction of the $20 million Pinky Beach eco village project, being completed by a joint venture between Baileys Group and Discovery Parks, has begun.

$160m in federal funding for Outback Way

The federal government has today pledged $160 million to seal a 300-kilometre stretch of the Outback Way, which links Western Australia’s Goldfields to central Queensland.

Miss Maud Hotel sold to Stockholm Hotel Management

Miss Maud’s Swedish Hotel and Restaurant at the corner of Pier and Murray streets has been sold to private company Stockholm Hotel Management, with the price rumoured to be around $10 million.

Interim Tourism boss named

The state government has announced Richard Sellers as acting director general of the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation after Stephen Wood was forced out last week.

Tourism boss dumped

The director general of the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, Stephen Wood, will be leaving his job next week, after the government said it was not satisfied with his management of the tourism portfolio.

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