Struggling tourism businesses in line for assistance grants

WA’s small tourism operators around the state will be supported to adapt because of COVID-19 in a new recovery package. The McGowan Government has launched a $14.4 million initiative to assist businesses refocus while helping others struggling because of the pandemic. The package will include two funding programs, with an initial $10.4 million in one-off…

Tourism funding capitalises on Collie’s trail town reputation

Collie is set to become WA’s “go-to trail adventure town”, the McGowan Government has revealed, injecting funding to boost tourism in the town. $84,400 will fund two additional projects as part of the Collie Futures Small Grants Program, capitalising on nature tourism in the region. As part of the funding, the Collie River Trail Stay…

WA gives tourism a lift with additional Singapore Airlines flight

Singapore Airlines will give WA a boost in its tourism with an additional daily fight service between Singapore and Perth, the State Government has revealed. From June 1, the new flight will operated using a 303-seat Airbus A350-900 with the additional daily flight to add just over 2,100 seats per week or 110,000 seats into…

Industry lauds tourism boost as Chinese visitors stay away.

The state government today announced a push for more domestic visitors to WA as international fears about coronavirus and Australia’s summer bushfires scares off the tourists. Tourism Minister Paul Papalia announced a $285 million advertising boost to tempt more Australian holidaymakers to the state. A recent Tourism Council WA survey revealed that in the wake…

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 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…

Charter boat rule changes to boost WA lobster tourism

WA’s marine tourism sector is set to grow with more opportunities to catch WA’s Western Rock Lobster. The McGowan Government has introduced new rules for selected charter vessels in a three-year trial, boosting rock lobster fishing tourism and increasing jobs. The trial aims to enhance marine tourism by improving the rules that apply to some…

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…

Indonesian legal review to ban gay and pre-marital sex

By Helene Fung A proposed overhaul of Indonesia’s criminal code slated to be voted on in parliament within a week includes a range of changes, including a ban on gay and pre-marital sex and tightening of blasphemy laws. The proposed changes could affect millions resident in the world’s most populous Muslim majority country, as well…