Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Emergency funding demanded to rescue WA tourism

February 27, 2012
The Western Australian Tourism Council is calling on the Western Australian Government to prop up the state's struggling tourism industry.
According to the Council, tourism in regional WA is in a dire state of affairs with the strong Australian dollar luring an increasing number of people to destinations like Bali instead.
The Council is launching a campaign calling for the Western Australian State Government to provide an additional $27 million per year to invest in marketing struggling tourism regions.
It has also called for an industry summit to address the desperate need for additional state funding for tourism.
WA Tourism Council Chief Executive Fred Hall believes "it is time for the WA Government to make tourism and events a State priority."
According to council analysis, the WA government afford the tourism sector only 0.18% of its total revenue; the lowest in Australia besides NSW.
Hall adds "while tourism towns are suffering, it's hard to understand why the WA Government won't invest in the industry at the same level as other States."
The Council plans to launch a 'Tourism 4 Tomorrow' campaign to encourage state expenditure.
New airline partnerships and interstate regional promotions and advertising are requested, with Hall concluding "there's more to our economy than digging holes in the ground.
"We need a big boost in the state budget to invest in tourism in the same way they invest in mining."
The WA Tourism Council highlight that tourists spend $8.1 billion and the sector creates over 73,000 jobs.

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

BioLab Australia Pty Ltd

BioGuard is Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted supplier of premium, innovative and affordable commercial water treatment systems and chemicals. BioGuard offers a comprehensive range of…

read more

Aquatics / Technology / Waterparks



As of 2018, TicketServ operates as SeatGeek Asia Pacific Pty Limited, part of international ticketing platform SeatGeek. Click here to contact SeatGeek Asia Pacific via their entry in…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Events / Sport / Ticketing


APT Asia Pacific Pty Ltd

APT (Advanced Polymer Technology) is the leading global manufacturer of polyurethane-based materials, acrylic coatings and synthetic turf products for sporting and recreational applications. From…

read more

Environment / Sport / Surfaces / Technology



ICP is an Australian-based company focused on indoor climbing. ICP will manage your project from initial design to completion and beyond, whether you're building an international-level climbing…

read more

Attractions / Fitness / Recreation


WATERPLAY Solutions Corp

Whether your goal is increasing your centre's revenues or creating an engaging environment, why not add play to your project? If you're looking for stylish aquatic play features, kid-tested…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Recreation / Waterparks


State Wide Pool Services

Known as Hydrilla since September 2020 - see

read more




Track. Engage. Retain GreeneDesk is a suite of cloud based software solutions helping health clubs, leisure centres and swim schools to effectively track progression, improve customer engagement and…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Education / Fitness / Technology



A leading designer and manufacturer of innovative waterslides and attractions, Australian Waterslides and Leisure (AWL) is also able to advise clients in the areas of concept and design, feasibility…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Waterparks


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business