08/03/2007 - 08:11

Over $1bn of tourism accommodation planned for WA

08/03/2007 - 08:11

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More than $1 billion of tourism accommodation is being planned throughout Western Australia's five tourism regions, with an additional $290 million worth of projects currently under construction.

Over $1bn of tourism accommodation planned for WA

More than $1 billion of tourism accommodation is being planned throughout Western Australia's five tourism regions, with an additional $290 million worth of projects currently under construction.

For further information see Janelle Macri's story in this week's hard copy edition of WA Business News.

 

 

The full text of an announcement from Tourism Minister Sheila McHale is pasted below

Tourism Minister Sheila McHale today said that 162 projects were either in the planning phase or under construction, while announcing the December figures for the Tourism Accommodation Development Register.

"There are 109 projects in the planning phase and if they all materialise, an extra 7,375 new rooms will be available, which will boost tourism and create more jobs for Western Australians," Ms McHale said.

"There are 53 projects worth about $290 million currently under construction and once complete, more than 2,000 new rooms will be available.

"Mandurah continues to grow, with three major projects worth almost $100 million in the planning or construction phase, namely Port Bouvard Resort Hotel, stage two of the Seashells Resort, and the Peninsula Hotel.

"Broome is another development hot spot, with 10 projects worth more than $115 million either in the planning phase or under construction.

"I am delighted to see several eco-friendly projects in the planning phase or under construction - sensitive developments for WA's sensitive locations.

"Projects include the $5 million Eco Beach project near Broome and stage two of the Karijini Eco Retreat including the Savannah Campground development, both in Australia's
North-West, and the $12 million Abrolhos Islands Tourist Accommodation development on Australia's Coral Coast."

The biggest development in Australia's Coral Coast region is the four-hectare $80 million Jurien Bay Beach Resort, which will feature 106 holiday units, a resort swimming pool, tennis court and landscaped areas.

Last year, 25 projects worth more than $100 million were completed, which added 945 more rooms for visitors.

The three regions with the highest level of development were Australia's South-West with $452.8 million, Experience Perth with $413 million, and Australia's Coral Coast with $324.2 million.

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