Record growth as WA holidays most attractive in the country

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…

WA begins trialling direct flights to China

Direct flights will begin between WA and China, with a new service to be trialled this month between Shanghai and Perth. The historic trial began on Wednesday with the first China Eastern plane landing at Perth Airport in the first ever direct flight connecting WA and Shanghai. The inaugural China Eastern flight from Shanghai to…

Cultural and linguistically diverse WA communities supported with new funding

Culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) people in WA will be supported with new funding to address their unmet needs. The McGowan Government will devote $980,000 through the Community Support Fund to be invested over the next three years, to concentrate on services for cultural gaps not delivered. Five community organisations have been named recipients of…

Animal justice advocates call for horse racing end amid WA government horse welfare plans

Racehorse welfare will ultimately not improve unless the sport is abolished, animal advocates have warned, despite McGowan Government reforms to improve racehorse well-being. An animal justice campaigner claimed that the sport is not harmless on racehorses, and forcing them to race is not contributing to the best welfare outcome. The State Government introduced reforms on…

WA to boost employment and investment with small business payroll tax cut

Small and medium businesses will receive financial relief with the State Government set to cut payroll tax to encourage employment and investment. The McGowan Government made the announcement on Thursday that will benefit nearly 12,000 small and medium businesses to expand and create jobs. Under the plan, the payroll tax exemption will be increased by…

Campaign encourages Western Australians shop local to support small business

Western Australians are being encouraged to buy local to support small businesses. The Small Business Development Corporation and local governments are working together in a campaign to promote small changes to buyers’ spending habits. The Make a Small Change campaign running from October 28 until November 3, will remind consumers about the importance of considering…

WA reaches new highs in tourists to the state

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…

WA trials direct flights to Shanghai in tourism boost

Chinese tourists to WA will get more opportunities to visit the state with direct flights between Shanghai and Perth, the State Government has announced. The McGowan Government has made available a trial of flights through airline China Eastern Airlines over the peak Chinese New Year season to boost tourism to WA. In a partnership between…

State government encourages cultural diversity with Harmony Week grants

Cultural diversity is being encouraged in WA communities to celebrate multiculturalism in the State. The State Government has begun promoting Harmony Week, boosting cultural inclusion activities to encourage Western Australians to experience, explore and appreciate the state’s cultural, faith and linguistic diversity. The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has made available grants…