POLITICS

WA tourism on a roll

WESTERN Australian tourism is riding a wave of success, with a new report by Tourism Research Australia showing the number of visitors and their spending are at an all-time high.

According to the latest national visitor survey (NVS) for the year to March, and the recent international visitor survey (IVS), WA had a recordbreaking 2.66 million international and interstate visitors.

Their spending increased by 7.6 percent to $3.9 billion. A total of 11m international and domestic overnight visitors, together with day-trippers, spent nearly half of a total $10b in regional WA.

The NVS results also revealed that WA recorded 1.7m visitors from interstate spending $1.7b – the highest figure ever.

Of those visitors 440,000 came here for a holiday, an increase of 11.4 percent on last year.

Their spending shot up by nearly 33 percent to $739m, a rate that outstripped the rest of Australia.

The survey also showed that more Western Australians are holidaying at home, with intrastate holiday trips increasing by 16.3 percent to 3.6m and the corresponding spend up 21.7 percent to $2.2b.

Regional areas recorded a year-on-year increase in domestic overnight visitors.

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said that the survey results reaffirmed the success of the government’s two-year action plan for tourism launched in March 2018.

“We know that 2018 was the biggest tourism year in the State’s history, and 2019 is on track to break records again,” he said

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