Plans to simplify tourism, hospitality visas

The federal government plans to establish a scheme to simplify the process by which hospitality and tourism operators employ foreign workers.

Perth hotels become Australia's priciest

Perth hotels are now the most expensive in Australia, with average room rates rising 17 per cent to $184 per night in 2011, according to new research.

Tourism Council puts hand out for marketing funds

The Tourism Council of Western Australia has called on the state government to continue investing in marketing WA to China, after Chinese visitors increased by 57.5 per cent over the past 12 months.

Calls for $27m to market WA

Western Australia’s peak tourism body has called on the state government to commit $27 million to tourism marketing in the next budget to assist the flailing industry.

Margaret River mill released for tourism project

The state government is seeking input from the private sector to develop a new ecotourism project in the Margaret River region.

Swan River Trust to manage Perth Waterfront

The Swan River Trust has been appointed to manage the environmental assessment of the state government’s Perth Waterfront project, the Environmental Protection Authority has announced.

Two-speed economy hits hotel occupancy

A survey of tourist accommodation shows occupancy rates in Perth and the North West at record levels in the September quarter of 2011, while regional tourist towns are languishing.

Tourism envies support for car industry

Australia’s tourism industry can only dream of the government support being afforded to the country’s automotive sector, despite its far greater contribution to the nation’s economy, says peak industr

Interstate tourism to WA down 30%

The number of interstate leisure visitors to Western Australia has declined a massive 29.6 per cent over the past year, according to data released today by Tourism Research Australia.

WA to host record number of events

WA will host a record 84 Eventscorp-sponsored events next year, including Australia’s richest golf tournament and an international action sports festival.

China leads WA tourism growth

International tourism to WA was up 8.2 per cent since September 2010, according to a report released today.

Qantas expands regional reach

Qantas Airways has announced it will increase capacity on its regional network in Western Australia, adding nine additional services each week.

Qantas flags big drop in H1 profit

Qantas Airwas shares increased from a seven week low today, despite the airline forecasting a fall in first half underlying profit of up to 66 per cent.

Pinctada pulls out of Rottnest bid

Marylyn Paspaley’s Pinctada Hotels and Resorts has pulled out of its bid to develop a luxury hotel at Longreach Bay, a day after new data revealed a slump in visitors at the holiday destination.

On the move

Decmil recruits SputoreEngineering and construction company Decmil Australia has appointed Ray Sputore as managing director.

Oprah to give away a trip to Perth

Perth will be under the spotlight in the United States when Oprah Winfrey gives away a trip to Perth on her show next week.

Online bookings focus for tour operators

WESTERN Australian tourism operators are increasingly looking at online strategies to attract business during the downturn.

V3 secures government tourism contract

Perth-based leisure technology firm V3 has been awarded a state government tender to provide online booking technology for Tourism Western Australia's website.

Air NZ takes stake in Perth tech firm

Air New Zealand has taken a major stake in Perth-based leisure technology firm V Cubed, with the two companies to establish a joint venture to launch V3's tourism booking exchange in New Zealand.


ROTTNEST Island is one of my favourite places. I like it in the summer and the winter. I’ve escaped there as a kid, a young adult, on my honeymoon, and with my family.

Ferry master sees Rotto potential

It was a desire to play a key role in the reinvigoration of one of Western Australia’s iconic tourism assets that drove tourism and marine industry businessman, Scott Bailey, to buy ferry service Rottnest Express.