International tourism numbers up
There is positive news on international holiday visitation in the latest figures released by Tourism Research Australia.
For the 12 months to the end of March, a record 493,100 holiday makers travelled to Western Australia from overseas – an increase of 9.3 per cent on the previous year and the strongest year-on-year growth rate of all Australian states and territories for this tourism market sector.
In its 2019-20 State Budget, the Western Australian Government has committed an extra $12 million to Tourism Western Australia to market the State and attract visitors from key South East Asian markets, including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong, as well as long-haul destinations such as the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States of America.
Also, new direct flights between Tokyo and Perth flying daily from 1 September are expected to bring more visitors to the State.