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…

Three Australians detained in Iran, Iranian judiciary confirms

Iranian authorities have confirmed the country has detained three Australian citizens, stating they were arrested for taking photos of sensitive areas and spying. The country’s judiciary confirmed the three people were detained in the first official confirmation. It said two Australian travel bloggers were arrested after taking pictures in military areas, while a third was…

Channel 7 showcases Kimberley region in WA tourism boost

Breathtaking sights and attractions of the Kimberley region are set to be promoted on network television, with the State Government hoping it will lure visitors to the WA. Attractions will be showcased in upcoming episodes of Channel Seven’s Better Homes and Gardens, highlighting the best of the region. The broadcast, which is part of a…

Quokkas acknowledged for their WA tourism contribution with annual birthday weekend

Picture Courtesy: Chris Hemsworth’s Instagram WA’s iconic Rottnest Island local quokka will be celebrated with an annual weekend in its honour. The State Government has announced a universal quokka birthday to acknowledge it as a national icon that has boosted WA’s tourism. Inaugural quokka birthday celebrations will run in September from Friday the 13th to…

International Student intake policy settings problematic for Perth

The StudyPerth 2019 International Student Ambassador Program encourages Perth as a first-class study destination, and boasts many benefits to the community, tourism sector and economy. With approximately 50,000 International Students living in Perth, questions remain over how to boost these numbers and reap the associated benefits. Migration Lawyer, Lily Chen, said this program is only…