30.7 Million Tourists Spent $10 Billion Across The State In 2016

30.7 Million Tourists Spent $10 Billion Across The State In 2016

Western Australia Minister for Tourism Paul Papalia

Tourism Jobs Leap Above 100,000

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  • 109,000 Western Australians employed in Western Australia tourism industry
  • Highest recorded number of personnel in the sector

2015-16 State Tourism Satellite Account, prepared by Tourism Research Australia, has revealed 72,000 people are directly employed by the tourism industry in Western Australia, with a further 37,000 employed indirectly.

“Tourism is a key economic driver for Western Australia and plays a vital role in the State Government’s plan to diversify the State’s economy and create new jobs.” Minister for Tourism Paul Papalia said.

“It’s an area where the State Government can invest taxpayers’ dollars and get a positive economic return in business opportunities and jobs.”

Direct jobs are in businesses supplying goods and services straight to travellers, such as restaurants and tour companies, while the indirect jobs include areas such as caravan manufacturers and laundries that service hotels.

State Government has pledged $425 Million to destination marketing and events over the next 5 years in a commitment to tourism’s role in diversifying WA’s economy.

In 2016, 30.7 Million visitors spent $10 Billion in the State, including $4.7 Billion in regional Western Australia.

“Tourism sector already supports 109,000 jobs and we are committed to increasing that number.” Mr. Papalia said.

Every $225,000 in overnight visitor spends, or 179 overnight visitors to Western Australia, creates one job in the tourism industry.

Tourism generates more jobs than traditional industries such as agriculture, forestry and fishing, manufacturing and mining.