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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.

Sun Princess to dock in Freo

Cruise ship operator Princess Cruises has announced Fremantle as the home port for its Sun Princess superliner for a record period in 2019-20, following a series of upgrades to the state’s ports by the government.

WA tourism slumps despite national growth

Western Australia was the only state in the country to register a decline in international tourist numbers and spending in 2017 despite the national market recording steady growth, according to the latest data from Tourism Research Australia.

Power appointed Perth Airport chair

Former Fortescue Metals Group chief executive and well-known aviation enthusiast and commercial pilot, Nev Power, has been appointed as chairman of Perth Airport.

Perth tourism campaign launched

The state government has launched a new tourism marketing campaign for Perth focused on affordable hotel deals for east coast tourists.

Crown Perth earnings drop

Crown Resorts has posted a $192.4 million net profit for the half year, with earnings at the Perth arm of the company down on the previous year.

Liquor reforms drive change for tourism

State government agency Tourism WA will have greater input into decisions on liquor licence applications, after Premier Mark McGowan today announced a series of regulatory reforms and red tape cuts.

Fun park rides on $40m investment

Adventure World has become a major tourism attraction during its 35 years of operation, and there are no signs the business is slowing down.

Perth to host World T20 fixtures

Perth has been selected to host 11 matches during the International Cricket Council World T20 tournament in 2020, in line with the country’s other major cities.

North-west aviators take opportunities

Regional air service providers and sister companies Aviair and HeliSpirit are benefiting from a decision to increase the size of their fleets in recent years, flying more than 36,000 people across the Kimberley, Pilbara and Northern Territory during 2017.

Events embrace intimate flavour

The operators behind UnWined Subiaco and Ice Cream Factory have tailored their approach to curate experiences different to traditional large-scale events.

$2m Swan River event barge approved

The state government has approved an application from local business Old Salt to install a $2 million event barge on the Swan River near Elizabeth Quay.

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