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.

Fremantle Port tourism revival

Creating a tourism precinct on the southern side of Fremantle Port has again been floated as a possibility, after the City of Fremantle put out the call for government and private sector support for its next wave of development opportunities.

$1bn cruise ship docks in Fremantle

The fourth-largest cruise ship in the world has made its Australian debut in Fremantle, where it will be docked until tomorrow afternoon.

Lion Air targets more Perth flights

Indonesian airline Lion Air is expecting to add new Perth to Bali flights to its itinerary, with its Batik Air subsidiary to start operating the route later this month or early in the New Year.

Greens flip on backpacker tax

A particularly stressful week for farmers has come to a relieving end with the Greens today supporting the federal government’s proposed 15 per cent backpacker tax after voting against it yesterday.

Rottnest Express partners with Westpac for UnionPay trial

Ferry operator Rottnest Express has partnered with Westpac to trial the use of a payment card that's popular with Chinese tourists, for online payment for its services to the tourist hotspot.

Eco takes glamping global

From Rottnest Island to the US Virgin Islands, luxury camping, or glamping, is taking off, with a local manufacturer poised to take advantage of soaring global demand for high-end tents. 

Farmers applaud 15% backpacker tax

The state’s agricultural body has welcomed the Commonwealth’s decision to reduce its planned backpacker tax to 15 per cent, less than half than what was originally proposed.

Perth hotels offer more value

Hotels in Perth have become better value than those in Sydney, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics annual Tourist Accommodation survey released today.

GCS wins $59m contract at Ritz-Carlton

Probuild has awarded Perth-based Global Construction Services a $59 million contract for work on the $500 million Ritz-Carlton hotel and The Towers apartments project at Elizabeth Quay.