Western Australia had its best year ever for tourism in 2019, beating the previous record level of international tourism by 13% with 521 800 overseas visitors holidaying in the state, according to data released today by the International Visitor Survey.
WA’s tourism growth figures were the best in the country in the period surveyed between September 2018 and September 2019.
The National Visitor Survey found that Australians also holidayed in WA more this year, with 478 000 interstate visitors flowing into the state for their time off and spending $822 million on goods and services.
That’s an interstate visitor increase of 9.6 per cent on this time last year.
All up, there were 1.9 million interstate visitors to WA in 2019, including people stopping for overnight visits and those travelling for business or other reasons.
On top of that, more Western Australians are choosing to stay in their home state and enjoy tourism options that require less travel.
Intrastate holiday trips increased 15.1%, moving up to 3.79 million holiday trips taken by locals in the state.
Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said that the department’s hard work was beginning to pay off.
“As with the last quarter, the holiday visitor numbers and spend are the highest on record in WA, for both international and domestic visitors, and we have the highest international holiday visitor growth rate in the country.”
“We will continue to focus all our efforts on making WA the number one holiday destination in the country to both domestic and overseas visitors.”