Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

New commissioners and chair appointed at Tourism WA

New commissioners and chair appointed at Tourism WA
June 28, 2017

A raft of changes at the Western Australian Tourism Commission (Tourism WA) have seen the appointment of four new board members and Nathan Harding appointed as its new Chairman.

Western Australian Tourism Minister Paul Papalia announced this week that Manny Papadoulis, Karen Priest, Linda Wayman and Kevin Brown would join the Tourism WA board and that Harding, a successful wholesale travel business owner and board member since 2012, would be its new chair.

Minister Papalia said the new appointments would bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the commission facilitate the delivery of the best tourism outcomes for the State.

Papadoulis, the current President of the Tourism Council of WA (TCWA), is an expert in small business tourism development and has extensive networks within the industry. He will take on the role as deputy chairman.

As an Australian Hotels Association Executive Level Manager Award recipient, Priest has extensive experience in hotel management, sales and marketing and corporate governance.

Brown is currently Chief Executive of Perth Airport and brings proficient skills in aviation and senior management to the board.

 Former Telstra Business Woman of the Year, Wayman is employed in the media and has widespread experience in sales and marketing, events management and small business.

She is also a former General Manager at Southern Cross Austereo and EventsCorp.

Minister Papalia thanked outgoing board members, Peter Prendiville, Howard Cearns, Alistair Donald and Neville Poelina for their years of service.

TCWA welcomed the new appointments, highlighting that it has consistently advocated for people with industry experience and tourism marketing skills to be strongly represented among the Tourism WA Commissioners.

TCWA Chief Executive Evan Hall stated “as Commissioners, tourism industry operators who are exposed to the market are highly accountable for visitor growth and attuned to industry .

“This accountability is particularly important in the midst of the current Machinery of Government changes that will see Tourism WA incorporated into the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.”

However, over recent weeks, TCWA has urged the Western Australian Government to reconsider submerging Tourism WA into a new mega-department, citing the latest visitor statistics that show an alarming decline in the number of people travelling to and within Western Australia.

The Western Australian Government plans to absorb Tourism WA, the independent agency responsible for promoting the State, into the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation as part of its ‘machinery of government” changes.

Following the announcement of the restructure, tourism businesses and industry bodies across Western Australia have voiced significant concerns with the potential impact of the changes.

The National Visitor Survey results for the year ending March 2017 show Western Australia has the poorest performance in domestic tourism of any State. The number of intrastate overnight visitors in Western Australia fell by 3.9% compared with average growth of 3.4% across Australia. Interstate visitor numbers decreased by 8.2%, in comparison with average growth of 3.7% across Australia.

In total, Western Australia is down by more than 450,000 visitors compared with last year. 

Image courtesy of Swan River Seaplanes.

27th June 2017 - ROGER FEDERER SECURED FOR THE 2018 HOPMAN CUP 

9th June 2017 - FORMER FREMANTLE DOCKERS STAR MATTHEW PAVLICH FRONTS NEW TOURISM WA AFL CAMPAIGN

19th May 2017 - WESTERN AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT CREATES INDUSTRY CONSORTIUMS TO PROMOTE ECONOMIC GROWTH

17th March 2017 - NEW WESTERN AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES LEISURE MINISTRY PORTFOLIOS 

27th February 2017 - PERTH ANNOUNCED AS HOST CITY FOR NATIONAL TOURISM AWARDS IN 2018  

12th February 2017 - TOURISM COUNCIL WESTERN AUSTRALIA LAUNCHES ELECTION CAMPAIGN

23rd December 2016 - OCTOPUS BAY AQUATIC PLAY PARK LAUNCHES AT PERTH’S THE MAZE

14th November 2016 - INVESTING IN TOURISM COULD CREATE 4,000 NEW JOBS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA 

3rd November 2016 - TOURISM JOBS KEY IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA MARGINAL SEATS

26th August 2016 - TOURISM EMPLOYMENT GROWS TO 97,000 JOBS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

1st April 2016 - TOURISM A TOP PRIORITY FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA 

26th June 2015 - AFL’S MCLACHLAN COMMITS TO GAMES AT NEW PERTH STADIUM

11th August 2014 - TOURISM COUNCIL WA WANTS NEW PERTH STADIUM TO ATTRACT AWAY FANS 


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 www.ausleisure.com.au 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.


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 www.ausleisure.com.au 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

REGUPOL

Regupol Australia Pty Ltd offers a comprehensive range of recycled rubber fitness and leisure flooring surfaces. Their range of products include everroll rubber flooring, Regupol elastic…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Safety / Surfaces

 
 

Otium Planning Group

Led by Directors Mike King, Kate Maddock, David Mason and Martin Lambert, each of whom are recognised for their industry experience and achievements, OPG brings together a network of more than 15…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

GreeneDesk

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

 
 

Fun Wheels Pty Ltd

Fun Wheels Pty Ltd are the premium dealer in Australasia for the Dutch company BERG’s commercial and domestic products. Our flagship product is their revolutionary pedal go-kart – the…

read more

Attractions / Tourism / Venues

 
 

Crystal Pools

Crystal Pools has a solid history of performance on a wide variety of government and commercial projects and is the name behind many of Australia’s most innovative and ambitious aquatic…

read more

Aquatics / Design

 
 
 

Digonex

Digonex is a leading provider of customised dynamic pricing solutions to clients in arts and entertainment, sport, attractions, cultural institutions and retail sectors. Digonex’s technology is…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing

 
 

Australian Innovative Systems

Australian Innovative Systems (AISystems) is a multi-award winning, Australian owned leader in the design, production and supply of commercial and residential chlorine generators and water…

read more

Aquatics / Safety / Technology

 
 
 
 

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