Tourism data shows visitor numbers rise
As tourism advocates continue to push for the industry to be taken more seriously as a viable future for the Goldfields, visitor numbers to the region have continued to rise.
Former Goldfields Tourism Network Association manager Mandi Warry revealed between 15,000 and 20,000 more tourists had travelled through the region this year compared to last year.
Having recently stepped down from her role after two years, Ms Warry said she was proud to see the progress GTNA and the community had made in spruiking the region as a tourist destination.
She said one of the largest achievements in the past two years was the completion of the Golden Quest Discovery Trail Guidebook and website, which was released to an international audience during the Australian Tourism Exchange.
“We have also been extremely fortunate that RAC is promoting regional travel once more and that they are a new stockist for the book in Perth and Kalgoorlie offices,” she said.
“Self-drive travelling is still a main focus for the region due to the distance between each town, though it has been great to see travellers further throughout the Goldfields this year and taking advantage of the beautiful weather.”
In the past year, GTNA has also expanded its reach to include Wiluna, and just a few months ago the group escorted the Destinations WA film crew around the region to develop a feature on the Goldfields, set to air on November 13.
Ms Warry said while she was sad to leave her position with the group, she was glad to leave with the memories made during her time in the role.
“The Royal Show this year was an absolute highlight for me,” she said.
“The prospecting pit was an absolute smash, with over 6000 kids coming through prospecting over the seven days.
“I really loved attending all the shows and being able to spruik our region and give the most accurate information for travel through the Goldfields.”
While refusing to reveal her favourite tourism attraction in the Goldfields, Ms Warry said she was a sucker for the region’s red landscape.
“For me, personally, one of our best features is the red dirt — I just love it,” she said.