SW tourism leader

THE South West continues to lead the way for tourism project development in regional WA, according to the latest figures released by the WA Tourism Commission.

In 1999, the South West had about $274 million worth of projects planned.

There are also nine projects worth an estimated $60 million currently under construction, according to the Tourism Development Register.

The most notable developments planned include the $50 million Bunker Bay Resort in Dunsborough, the $30 million Cape View Beach Resort Stage two redevelopment, the $30 million Gnarabup Beach Resort in Margaret River and the $33 million development of the old Bunbury silos by Broadwater.

South West Development Commis-sion manager of regional economic development Janet Payton said the data came as no surprise.

“The South West is the second most visited tourist destination outside the Perth metropolitan area,” Mrs Payton said.

“The challenge, however, is to ensure visitors stay longer in the South West and that tourism facilities embrace attractions and not just accommodation.

“Being able to stay at a nice hotel, B&B or in pleasant accommodation throughout the region is not enough any more, particularly if we want people to stay for a number of days and spend their money,” she said.

“The Commission’s tourism focus is to increase tourism interest in inland areas of the region, such as Pemberton, and to develop tourism product and points of interest to attract people to the area,” Mrs Payton said.

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