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Tourism boss dumped

The director general of the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, Stephen Wood, will be leaving his job next week, after the government said it was not satisfied with his management of the tourism portfolio.

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Perth
This is good news. We need a dedicated department of tourism that can promote WA and the full spectrum of what our state AND our city has to offer, from the cheap and cheerful to the sophisticated and luxurious.

We need a dedicated Tourism WA, not an afterthought in a larger department. We also need far bigger budgets when it comes to tourism, plus better utilisation of and access to local content creators and marketers. There are a whole host of people who are trying their best to promote WA (myself included) but are hamstrung by an underfunded Tourism department.

Bunbury
Tourism WA has almost always been an oxymoron. Think what has attracted people to WA in the past. The America's Cup, the gold rush, and surf lifesaving carnivals have all brought in large numbers of tourists.And all three were long lasting, $$ multipliers. Think- we have swathes of empty cheap rental houses, we should be looking at a Winter season incl wine, wildflowers, maritime museums, caves, and outback destinations, esp up north to escape the cold, and a Summer suite-which should be our strong suit. Packege these attractively for the "6 month lifestyle tourist". Give them a stamped WA passport for 6 months!! they can get it validated to whatever town they visit, at the local tourist bureau, for what discounts are being offered that week! Joanna Lumley thought it a great idea in her Japan series!

Bunbury
Tourism WA has almost always been an oxymoron. Think what has attracted people to WA in the past. The America's Cup, the gold rush and surf lifesaving carnivals have all brought in large numbers of tourists. And all three were long lasting dollar multipliers. We have plenty of empty cheap rental houses, we should be looking at a winter season including wine, wildflowers, maritime museums, caves, and outback destinations, especially up north to escape the cold, and a summer suite (which should be our strong suit). Package these attractively for the "six-month lifestyle tourist". Give them a stamped WA passport for six months, they can get it validated to whatever town they visit, at the local tourist bureau, for what discounts are being offered that week. Joanna Lumley thought it a great idea in her Japan series. Longer stay in WA.

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