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.
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.
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.
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.
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.