Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Tourism to be in an issue in next Western Australian election

Tourism to be in an issue in next Western Australian election
March 11, 2016

Labor has pledged to make boosting tourism a key flashpoint of next year's Western Australia election with a promise to increase funding to the Perth Convention Bureau (PCB) if it wins office.

Opposition Leader Mark McGowan has promised an extra $5 million annual funding to the PCB, which helps not-for-profit associations, corporations and others bring their conferences to Western Australia.

Over the past three years the Western Australian Government cut funding to the PCB by $5.3 million, which the tourism/hospitality sector argued would cost the city's hotels, restaurants and wider economy about $85 million over the same period.

The Government provides three-quarters of PCB's funding, with hospitality operators putting in the rest.

McGowan said the Government's decision to cut funding to PCB was foolish because every dollar invested generated $30 in economic return for the state.

He told the ABC “this is about generating jobs for the future for Western Australia.”

McGowan said the funding pledge would provide certainty for the sector, and the spin-off to the WA economy from conventions was enormous because attendees were "big spenders".

He added “your average business delegate to a convention, spends four to five times what an ordinary tourist does in Western Australian, that's why we need to invest in conventions and attract more conventions to Western Australia.”

Tourism Council of Western Australia Chief Executive Evan Hall welcomed Labor's announcement and estimated the additional funding to PCB would generate $155 million in direct spending into the state each year.

Hall stated “we have calculated this will create at least 340 new jobs in the economy in areas like hotels, event management, retail ... because we're bringing in high yield business delegates.”

Western Australia’s current Tourism Minister Kim Hames is expected to give up the portfolio and move to the backbench when Premier Colin Barnett next reshuffles his Cabinet.

Hall would not name who he would like to get the tourism portfolio but said the sector wanted a "high calibre" replacement.

Hall added “tourism is an absolute growth industry for the future, it needs a senior minister in cabinet making sure that Western Australia enjoys that economic development.

"A deputy premier, premier, a senior cabinet minister, that's what tourism needs."

Opposition tourism spokesman Paul Papalia said the Government's decision to cut PCB funding was "crazy" and showed it was lazy and tokenistic about reeling in expenditure.

Papalia stated “because if you were going to cut anything in the state budget, at a time when you desperately needed jobs, this is the last thing you'd cut.”

8th March 2015 - TOURISM REPRESENTATIVES HIGHLIGHT VALUE OF THE VISITOR ECONOMY TO GOVERNMENT

13th November 20115 - PERTH ARENA ATTRACTS INTERSTATE AND OVERSEAS CROWDS

16th April 2015 - TOURISM FORUM AIMED AT TAKING WESTERN AUSTRALIA BEYOND RESOURCES

1st September 2014 - WESTERN AUSTRALIAN TOURISM GROWTH GOES BEYOND THE MINING BOOM

9th July 2014 - TOURISM BOOST CREATES 2,000 JOBS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA


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

GEOFF NINNES FONG AND PARTNERS

Geoff Ninnes Fong & Partners (GNFP) is a structural, aquatic and civil engineering consultancy with broad experience in the design of new municipal and institutional swimming pools, hydrotherapy…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Design / Venues

 
 

Mattioli

Mattioli provides award winning painting, flooring and waterproofing services to the aquatics and recreation sector. We’re recognised as the leading contractor in the industry with award-winning…

read more

Aquatics / Recreation / Safety

 
 

CENTAMAN

Centaman has been a market leader in Enterprise Software Solutions for the leisure and recreation industry and both profit and not-for-profit attractions since 1991. It offers a wide range of software…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Technology / Ticketing

 
 

Rae-Line

Sports Padding At Rae-Line we manufacture high quality sports padding, gym mats, foam mats and protective padding, suitable for a range of different facilities. Our sports padding is…

read more

Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Safety / Sport

 
 

Sportybots

We are the leading providers of kids fun multi-sports programs for Sport and Recreation Centres. Programs cover twelve common sports as well as Gross Motor Skill Development and suit children from as…

read more

Fitness / Play / Recreation / Sport / Wellness

 
 

revolutioniseSPORT

revolutioniseSPORT is the emerging market leader in online club management in Australia. Whether it is memberships, registrations, events, online sales or governance tools - revolutioniseSPORT is the…

read more

Recreation / Sport / Technology

 
 

SGL GROUP

SGL is an innovative and progressive lifestyle, leisure and community consulting practice, operated by Phillip Gray and active since 1988. SGL has undertaken an extensive range of sport,…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Fitness / Recreation / Sport

 
 

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

 
 
 
 

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