Tournament secured for another three years
WA’s premier game fishing tournament, GAMEX, will be sponsored by the State Government until 2019 under a new three-year deal.
GAMEX, hosted in Exmouth in mid-March, will be sponsored through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program.
Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said GAMEX attracted more than 200 intrastate, interstate and international competitors, ranging from novices to professionals.
“Exmouth is regarded as one of the world’s best fishing destinations, with more than 40 different game fish species on offer, including all six Australian billfish species,” he said.
“Fishing is a popular tourism activity, with almost one million overnight visitors in WA participating in a fishing activity during their trip.”
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said tourism was a rapidly growing industry that had a strong influence on regional development.
North West Central MLA Vince Catania said the international attention brought more jobs and opportunities to the region.