03/02/2009 - 11:04

Tourism to boost Ravensthorpe future

03/02/2009 - 11:04

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Tourism Western Australia will visit Ravensthorpe, Hopetoun and Bremer Bay this week to assess tourism opportunities in the area following the shutdown of BHP Billiton's nickel operation in the area.

Tourism to boost Ravensthorpe future

Tourism Western Australia will visit Ravensthorpe, Hopetoun and Bremer Bay this week to assess tourism opportunities in the area following the shutdown of BHP Billiton's nickel operation in the area.

Executive director industry development, Jennifer Duffecy said the nickel mine shutdown had offered a chance to boost the region's focus on tourism.

"Ravensthorpe has had a major set-back with the closure of the BHP mine, and tourism may be an important way for the region to move forward," Ms Duffecy said.

"Nearly 11,000 people stay overnight in the Shire of Ravensthorpe each year - with the majority, 77 per cent, visiting from within the State.

"A team from Tourism WA will visit Ravensthorpe, Hopetoun and Bremer Bay this week to assess the potential tourism opportunities in the area and build visitation.

"We'll be looking at options for what we call the five A's of tourism - activities, accommodation, access, amenities and attractions.

"The Fitzgerald River National Park is already a unique tourism destination in the area, attracting around 40,000 visitors each year keen to experience nature-based activities.

"Developing the necessary tourism infrastructure within and around the national park would be an important way to further develop the area as an attractive and sustainable tourism destination."

Ms Duffecy said Tourism WA would speak with locals, small business and tourism operators, Goldfields Esperance Development Commission and Department of Environment and Conservation.

"By listening to people in the local community, we'll be able to review the existing tourism assets, and identify opportunities to expand what's already in place," she said.

"Identification and development of a new tourism product could ensure the region achieves its full tourism potential.

"It's also important for our visitors to have quality facilities - such as picnic areas, signage and toilets - to ensure a satisfying holiday they will recommend to family and friends.

"The Tourism WA team will consider the benefits of tourism for local residents and of course the workforce which has been affected by the recent mine closure."

 

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