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Local lessons learned, Ismail earns his wings

The Perth-raised head of AirAsia X wants to use his influence to improve visitors’ understanding of what WA has to offer. 

East Perth hotel sold for $50 million

A Singaporean investment group has taken a long-term view on Perth's hotels sector, shrugging off plunging room rates and a massive wave of new developments to purchase the Crowne Plaza Perth for $50 million.

Access, interaction key features of Aloft offering

One of the newest entrants to Perth’s hotels sector is promising a radically different approach to hospitality. 

Solid growth in overseas tourists

Western Australia is increasingly appearing on the radar for international visitors, with growth in overseas tourists visiting WA outpacing the national rate.

Ore dust costs Port Hedland economy up to $60m a year

Iron ore dust in Port Hedland has cost the local economy around $60 million per annum, with an additional $216 million in one-off capital costs, according to a report released today commisoned by a local hotel opposing further expansion of BHP Billiton's port operations.

Marketing shift as Perth opens for tourists

SPECIAL REPORT: WA’s tourism growth strategy is moving from finding supply to driving demand.

Connecting the indigenous experience

Accessibility and funding are two issues that have compromised the ability of WA’s Aboriginal tourism sector to satisfy unmet visitor demand.

Airport to open adventures, exports

SPECIAL REPORT: The upgrade of the Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport promises to be a game-changer for the South West.

Artist in residence with Johannes Pannekoek

The decision to sell his commercial business was the first of many steps into the unknown Johannes Pannekoek has taken in his pursuit of a career in art.

Hotel room rates plunge in 2016

Perth hotel prices fell by 11.5 per cent in 2016, with demand for lodgings continuing to cool along with Western Australia’s economy.

Barnett wants cut to tourism penalty rates

ANALYSIS: Colin Barnett says cuts in penalty rates should be extended to include the tourism industry to reflect the fact it is a 24-hours, seven-days-a-week operation.

Job cuts at Crown Perth

Crown Resorts has reportedly cut more than 200 jobs at its Crown Perth entertainment complex in the wake of a 38 per cent fall in high-roller revenue.

Penalty cut to benefit small business, jobs: CCI

Business representatives have welcomed a move to ease Sunday and public holiday penalty rates for hospitality and retail workers, saying it would be particularly beneficial for reducing unemployment in Western Australia.

Money a Fringe factor for local talent

Punters and performers have flocked to Perth’s colourful, diverse and pleasantly bizarre Fringe World Festival, which is poised to exceed last year’s box office sales and hit the $10 million mark, but factors other than money are driving local artists.

Tigerair permanently ends all Aust-Bali flights

Tigerair Australia has permanently and immediately ended all flights between Australia and Bali, after failing to receive approvals from the Indonesian government.

Extra funds to market Perth as travel hub

The state government will spend nearly $3 million each year for the next three years to market Qantas’s new Perth-to-London direct flights, which the national carrier confirmed would go on sale in two

Tourism spend to boost state

A significant lift in private capital expenditure in the tourism sector could provide a tailwind for Western Australia’s struggling economy this year, according to the author of a report released by investment bank UBS.

Driving the tourist dollar down south

OPINION: The state government’s renewed warmth towards tourism is a welcome, if belated, response to the end of the resources boom – but there are some kinks they should iron out.

Crown duels with Starwood, Intercontinental for events

SPECIAL REPORT: Perth’s hotel building boom isn’t just about rooms, it is about setting the city up as an events capital.

Focus on delegates as events evolve

SPECIAL REPORT: WA event managers are focusing on attendee experience to gain an edge in one of the most hotly contested segments of Perth’s hospitality sector.

Seaplane day tours to Margaret River

A new tourism venture has taken flight, with sightseers now able to make day trips down south via seaplanes that take off and land on the Swan River, as a second operator continues a long-running battle to gain regulatory approval for a similar service.

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