WA has experienced more visitors to the state’s shores, new tourism figures have revealed.
The latest National Visitor Survey and International Visitor Survey released on Wednesday, WA reached a record-breaking 2.76 million out-of-state visitors including last financial year, the strongest growth of all states and territories.
In the 12 months to June 2019, the number of international holiday visitors were the highest on record for WA, with the number of holiday visitors rising 12.8 per cent to 506,300.
The National Visitor Survey also found WA had 1.8 million interstate visitors in 2018-19 for an increase of 17.3 per cent.
452,000 of those visitors came to WA for a holiday, increasing the percentage to 15 per cent.
International holiday spending was also the highest the state had seen, rising 21.4 per cent to $844 million, well above the national average increase of 6.7 per cent.
Interstate visitor spend was also the highest on record, with tourists spending $1.77 billion, while holidaying interstate visitors spent $715 million.
Tourism minister Paul Papalia said WA is leading the nation in international visitor growth as well as people who were travelling within the state.
“More people are coming to Western Australia as international tourists than they’ve ever come to a state before,” Mr Papalia said.
“Every single tourism region in Western Australia saw growth and our intrastate travel, so people who are traveling inside the state is the biggest in history
He said the State Government’s tourism plan was the catalyst.
“When we came to government, we inherited a strategy, a Tourism 2020 strategy which was determined by the Auditor General to be failing,” Mr Papalia said.
“We dropped that, we created the action plan, we launched it in March last year, it’s working.”
He believed that WA’s tourism could improve further.
“There’s always more to be done, but that plan which is multi-faceted is working.”