Tourism WA hits back at Red Bull critics

Tourism WA has hit back at criticism from industry that the agency has failed to develop alternative major events for the state following today's announcement that WA's flagship event, the Red Bull Air Race, has been cancelled.


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Build a big 100m ferris wheel that should get the punters rolling in

Moore River
If Melbourne is Fashion Capital, Sydney is Events and Entertainment Capital. QLD is the Playground Capital. What are we, what is WA the capital of ? Focus on one unique thing that we can offer and focus on that! Love what Kate Lamont is creating in tourism and that is tranparency! Call me, I'll tell you what we are capital of!

Moore River
Why don't we divide up WA into 3 states like the east coast. Would we then get a better share of the tourism dollar? The south west has done a great job of its identity, reward them and allow them to become a state, the size of Victoria. Is WA, WAy too BIG to have a voice for everyone

South Perth
We need to seriously look at how we promote tourism and access to our state. Start saying yes instead of no and opening up access instead of locking our natural assests up. Get rid of fees and permits and become warm and inviting. I also believe our seafood and wine is worthy of a festival (Western Rock Lobster festival) along the banks of our river. I just returned from Sydney yesterday and saw the fever in Darling Harbour surrounding the Sydney Boat Show. What a place to sit and watch the world go by. We need something like this.

The Red Bull air race was not a tourist grabber - it didn't bring (m)any tourists to perth, just workers attahced to the RBAR. What we need is real events which bring in thousands of people over the journey - not a jolly week-ender. Events which serve the community are one priority, but until we relax retail and entertainant laws and that message gets out accross the globe (could take 5-10 years) we have little chance of attracting real gloabl events. Perth is not vibrant, it is dead, that is unless you live here and have a network and access to what matters. Visitors are shunned by reptuation and experience alike. Never mind the cost! $20 for a steak sandwich anyone? Go to Sydney/Melbourne/Singapore/Hong Kong if want an experience, come to Perth to see family & friends etc, thats all we've got!

Mount Lawley
I question whether investment in a spectacle such as Red Bull genuinely develops our city's reputation, and whether its loss is an opportunity for a strategic course-correction? Who didn't cringe at the recent Gruen Transfer episode where marketing agencies invited to create an advertisement promoting the West's succession, both pitched the idea of the eastern states cutting ties with the 'bogan State'? What was worse was that the panel agreed. We have a serious image problem to resolve. Our business constantly struggles with attracting high quality professional applicants from overseas or the east (particularly women), and feedback suggests that Perth is uncultured and redneck. Given recent pieces in the West Australian regarding diminished Arts funding, I suggest that the State Government invests in developing our Arts, arts events, and bringing more and more touring shows to WA ... maybe even the touring Archibald exhibition, which attracts 30,000+ visitors.

Ok so what ARE the "...44 events scheduled for Western Australia in 2011?" Why the secrecy Ms Lamont?

I agree with all the comments regarding the lack of imagination and will to bring this State into the 21st century. Look also at Fremantle - what has become of it? WA will never shed the "dull" tag unless decisive leadership is shown and action is taken. The preoccupation with our role as provider for the rest of Australia needs to give way to a real desire to showcase this place as a vibrant city. We don't even follow the lead of others. It's such a shame.

I agree with Peter Downe. Lets start getting past this perception of 'action events' and start becoming more grown-up; more sophisticated. I'm all for leveraging cultural events for Perth, whether its the Archibald, or fashion festivals, music festivals. But more importantly, before we do that, we need to upgrade or cultural infrastructure just as Janet Holmes Acourt has suggested recently.

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