Tourism data shows vis­i­tor num­bers rise

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Te­gan Guthrie

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.

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