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September 3, 2015

Australia: WA Missing Out on Tourism Dollars

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Western Australia is missing out on massive growth in international tourist visitor spend, increasing only 1.2 per cent compared to national average growth of 11.5 per cent, according to the latest International Visitor Survey data.

Australia Hotels Association (WA) CEO Bradley Woods said the increase in international visitor spend in Western Australia has increased less than the rate of inflation.

“WA tourism is being held back by low level State Government funding and too much focus by the national Tourism Australia on bringing tourists to the east coast,” he said.

“The problem is that other State Governments’ spend on tourism marketing is substantially higher than WA and it keeps growing.”

Western Australia also experienced an 8.4 per cent decrease in business travel.

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