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Western Australia Minister for Tourism Paul Papalia

Western Australia Tourism’s Record-Breaking Streak Continues

Victor P Taffa

  • Latest national and international visitor numbers and spend reveal record high
  • International holiday visitors growing at the fastest rate in the country
  • Increase in visitor numbers and spend boosts local economy and creates jobs

Western Australian tourism industry has reason to celebrate, with Tourism Research Australia’s latest data revealing the number of visitors to Western Australia, and their total spend, has again reached an all-time high.

“I’m extremely happy with the latest visitor results, which prove that all our hard work in promoting Western Australia as a desirable holiday destination is paying off.” Minister for Tourism Paul Papalia said.

“Not only are the holiday numbers and spend the highest on record in Western Australia, for both international and national visitors, but we are showing the highest international holiday visitor growth of all Australian States and Territories and that’s something to be very proud of.”

According to the latest National Visitor Survey (NVS) and International Visitor Survey (IVS) results, which were released today, Western Australia had a record-breaking 2.76 Million out-of-state (international and interstate) visitors last financial year.

Number of total overnight visitors in 2018-19 was 11.6 Million people who, together with day-trippers, spent $10.5 Billion in the State, an increase of 16.4 % on the previous year. Of this, $4.9 Billion (47 %) was spent in regional Western Australia.

Number of overnight holiday visitors to Western Australia reached 4.7 Million, an increase of 16.5 % on the previous year.

International holiday visitors were the highest on record for Western Australia, with the number of holiday visitors increasing by 12.8 % to 506,300 the strongest growth rate of all of Australia’s States and Territories.

International holiday spend was also the highest Western Australia has ever seen, with an increase of 21.4 % to $844 Million, well above the national average increase of 6.7 % in this sector.

NVS results revealed Western Australia had 1.8 Million interstate visitors in 2018-19, an increase of 17.3 % on the previous year. These visitors spent $1.77 Billion, with both figures the highest on record.

Of those interstate visitors, 452,000 came to Western Australia for a holiday, a 15 % increase on 2017-18 and spent $715 Million.

NVS survey also showed growing numbers of Western Australians are holidaying at home, with intrastate holiday trips increasing by 17.2 % to 3.7 Million and corresponding spend up 27.7 % to $2.3 Billion.


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