13/04/1999 - 22:00

State host to 590K in 1998

13/04/1999 - 22:00

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WA played host to 589,000 international guests last financial year — equivalent to half the local population, according to WA Tourism Commission figures.The WATC found those guests spent $837 million while they were here.

State host to 590K in 1998
WA played host to 589,000 international guests last financial year — equivalent to half the local population, according to WA Tourism Commission figures.

The WATC found those guests spent $837 million while they were here.

WATC CEO Shane Crockett said the commission was fast-tracking tourism as a premier industry for WA.

“With one in every 12 WA workers employed in tourism, it is a growth industry generating well over $2 billion each year,” Mr Crockett said.

He said the WATC’s marketing campaign was responsible for the boost in tourism numbers.

“While Australia’s overseas arrival numbers were at minus 0.8 per cent last financial year, WA’s overseas visitor numbers were up 4.3 per cent,” Mr Crockett said. “And interstate and intrastate tourist numbers grew by 6.5 per cent.”

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