Visitor numbers up at Rottnest

Nearly 650,000 people visited Perth’s iconic tourist destination Rottnest Island in the 2017 financial year, with about a third coming from either interstate or overseas.

Langoulant to chair Rottnest Island Authority

Prominent Perth businessman John Langoulant has succeeded John Driscoll as chairman of the Rottnest Island Authority.

Young Chinese tourists offer signposts for Rotto

OPINION: The island clearly has some work to do to get service standards right for this emerging and important group of travellers.

Luxury camping retreat for Rottnest gets nod

The state government has given the green light for a luxury camping retreat on Rottnest Island, to be developed by Baileys Group, which has also bought the former Aristos restaurant on the island after selling the Rottnest Express ferry service late last year.

Perth Stadium on track for goals

Perth Stadium chief executive Mike McKenna expects to attract a crowd of 50,000 for its first football game, featuring the AFLW Fremantle Dockers, he told a Business News Success & Leadership breakfast this morning.

WA venues win national awards

Four Perth hotels and hospitality businesses, including Fraser Suites and the State Buildings, have been named best in their field at the annual Australian Hotels Association National Awards for Excellence.

Cheeky Monkey on board Singapore Airlines flights

Margaret River's Cheeky Monkey Brewery Co is celebrating today with news Singapore Airlines will offer its locally brewed craft beer on business class flights between Perth and Singapore.

Freo AFLW team scores Perth Stadium spot

The Fremantle Dockers women’s team will play the first football game of any code at Perth Stadium next year in what is tipped to be the biggest standalone women’s sport event held in Australia.

Howard Park Wines sparkles in world championship win

Howard Park Wines recently flaunted its fizz at the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships held in London, with its Jeté label winning the award for ‘best Australian sparkling wine’.

Liquor reform to benefit tourism operators

Accredited tourism businesses will be able to provide complimentary alcohol without a liquor licence, following changes to the state’s liquor regulations announced today.

CEO lunch with Valerie Davies

Valerie Davies has a background in media and communications, but her public role today is as a board member of Cedar Woods, Event Hospitality & Entertainment, HBF and the WA Tourism Commission, as well as running her own consultancy.

New life for The Richardson Hotel

The owners of The Richardson Hotel & Spa in West Perth are evaluating their options to convert the building into a nursing home, in the wake of reduced demand for hotel rooms in Perth.

Captain Cook to set sail for Rottnest Island

Captain Cook Cruises has today announced it will extend its ferry services to Rottnest later this year, joining Rottnest Express and Rottnest Fast Ferries, which could create downward pressure on prices of trips to the island and boost jobs.

Hire calling for movies on demand

A Perth business that considers itself the Airbnb of cinema has added North America to its international expansion, four years after launching the ‘cinema on demand’ concept locally.

Airbnb offers solid returns

Property managers are tapping into the growing popularity of Airbnb to provide higher returns for residential landlords facing high vacancies and falling rents in the traditional leasing market.

Tourism WA chair steps down

The state government has announced Tourism WA chairman Peter Prendiville has stepped down after five years in the role.

Pilbara tourism hub for indigenous group

Indigenous employment group Ngarluma Yindjibarndi Foundation is continuing its push into hospitality and tourism, unveiling plans to develop a tourism hub at Cossack, a historic ghost town located around 15 kilometres from Roebourne.

Innovation in the air as Crown sniffs an opportunity

Crown is hoping to provide its customers with a memorable sensory experience.

After F1, Malaysia targets Supercars

Perth motorsport enthusiasts may soon have the opportunity to venture to Malaysia to watch V8 supercar racing, as the country seeks new opportunities after hosting what will be its final Formula One grand prix at Sepang later this year.

Old Tradewinds gets new look

Prendiville Group has completed the fourth major redevelopment of a property in its portfolio in as many years, with East Fremantle’s historic Tradewinds Hotel having undergone a significant facelift.

Olive oil ecotourism opportunity

PHOTO ESSAY: About six weeks after the last grapes have been picked from the vines in the Margaret River region another bountiful harvest begins – the olive harvest.