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.

Mantra to operate Atzemis' new city hotel

Hotel and resorts operator Mantra Group has been confirmed as the partner for a new property at 900 Hay Street by local developer George Atzemis, following the opening earlier this month of Mantra's new Peppers Hotel opposite Kings Square.

International students bypass WA for other states

Western Australia needs to sell itself better as a destination for international students, with the state’s share of foreign students studying in Australia plunging over the past 13 years, according t

Site found for WA's first open-range zoo

The state government has locked in a location for Western Australia’s first open-range zoo, which is expected to cost up to $100 million to develop.

Tourism focus for Hedland marina

Port Hedland's council hopes the Pilbara town will become a genuine tourist destination, after the state government committed $112 million towards a $152 million marina development today.

Exports drive airport CEO's flight plan

Destination marketing, placemaking, exports, tourism and education are all part of a day’s work for the new boss at Perth Airport.

Tourism sponsorships stay secret

The amount of money the state government pumps into big events like the Hopman Cup, the Perth Fashion Festival, V8 Supercars and Margaret River Gourmet Escape is set to remain a secret after a review by the auditor general.

Perth's new icon revealed at Elizabeth Quay

A public art gallery and viewing platform 45 storeys above the ground will create a new tourist drawcard at Elizabeth Quay, with the latest development at the state government’s flagship redevelopment project unveiled today.

Backpacker tax reduced, travel fees to rise

Western Australia’s hospitality and agricultural industries have welcomed the federal government’s decision to amend its planned backpacker tax, but the tourism body says it will cost the state jobs nevertheless.

New golf concept to leverage tourist growth

A new-format international golf tournament will make its debut in Western Australia early next year, as the state government looks to capitalise on rising interstate tourism interest.

No longer driven to drink in Margs

Tourists have been given more incentive to hang up the car keys and stay in town when visiting Margaret River. 

Backpacker exodus concern for tourism

Backpackers are skipping Western Australia and heading to other states, with a big fall in the number of working holidaymakers contributing to disappointing international tourism statistics released t

Fini hotels named WA's best

The influence of Adrian Fini’s hospitality dream team was celebrated last night, with the two latest ventures by the group that founded Little Creatures Brewing among the highlights at the Australian Hotels Association’s 2016 accommodation awards.

Airbnb’s McDonagh says service good for tourism

The number of Western Australian listings for accommodation site Airbnb has more than doubled in 12 months, but that growth hadn’t come at the expense of the hotel sector, Sam McDonagh told a Success & Leadership Breakfast today.

New measures to boost WA tourism

The state government has unveiled a number of initiatives aimed at boosting tourism in Western Australia, including changes to cruise ship gambling rules and a $7.2 million promotion deal with Qantas.

Work starts on Ritz-Carlton

Probuild has started construction of the Ritz-Carlton hotel and The Towers apartments project at Elizabeth Quay, with the luxury development to open in 2019.