Tourism Council WA chief executive Evan Hall at today's launch of Destination Perth. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Infrastructure, red tape holding back tourism

Transport infrastructure, hotel and conference capacity, and red tape in the approvals process for new tours have been identified as the biggest barriers to attracting an additional 9 million visitors each year to Western Australia.

The Tourism Council WA today launched its Destination Perth strategy paper, which identified the infrastructure, accommodation, experiences, attraction and events needed to grow the state’s annual visitor numbers from 13 million to 22 million by 2020.

Doing so would double the value of tourism spending from $6 billion in 2012 to more than $12 billion by the end of the decade, as well as create 11,000 new jobs.


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Why do the Tourism execs constantly refuse to accept that the single largest barrier to tourism is the COST ! Everybody who lives in WA knows we are the most expensive centre, compared to anywhere else in Australia or in neighbouring countries especially for restaurants, bars and hotels. Rotnest Island and other so- called tourist attractions are just not value for money. Tourism WA will not admit it, but the stats will show the number of people holidaying outside of WA (and Australia) is increasing. Still, they've all got cushy well paid jobs, i wonder where they go for holidays ? 8-)

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