SW tourism spend decline
WA’s South West has fared better than other parts of the State, but operators and politicians are calling for urgent action to address a downturn in international visitor numbers.
Overall, the South West recorded 7000 extra international tourists in the 2017-18 financial year, totalling 179,000 visitors, but the spend dipped 12 per cent, according to Tourism Research Australia figures.
Vasse MLA and shadow tourism minister Libby Mettam said WA continued to languish behind other States. “The tourism sector cannot sustain these losses,” Ms Mettam said.
“Premier Mark McGowan must act immediately before more small operators are squeezed out of the business.
Tourism Council of WA boss Evan Hall said international visitors to WA fell 1.8 per cent, while expenditure decreased 9.9 per cent or $248 million.
He said the TCWA wanted “decisive action” to combat the decline.
Australia’s South West chief executive Catrin Allsop said Tourism WA’s $2 million Road Trips Campaign targeting key domestic and international markets would help address the drop.