Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan
South-West Region Continues To Attract And Delight Tourists
Victor P Taffa
- South-West visitor numbers up 12.6 % to 3.2 Million between June 2018-June 2019
- Visitors spend climbed from $1.346 Million to $1.725 Million over the same 12 months
- Comes on top of opening of Margaret River HEART multi-purpose centre
- 25 events scheduled for the South-West region between October 2019 and May 2020
- ‘Margaret River & Southern Western Australia’ named Number 1 destination on Lonely Planet ‘Best in Asia Pacific 2019’ list
State’s South-West continues to attract tourists, with more than 3.2 Million visitors flocking to the region between June 2018-June 2019.
“Like all Western Australians I love visiting our South-West, whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach trip, a world-class food and wine experience or a forest get away, the South-West region has it all.” Premier Mark McGowan said.
“With 25 events coming to the South-West over the next 9 months, I’m looking forward to introducing more visitors to the region.”
Visitor spend is also growing with total spend up from $1.346 Billion to $1.725 Billion over the same 12-month period.
Premier Mark McGowan took a road trip through the award-winning region today with stops in Busselton and Margaret River, including a visit to the iconic Margaret River Chocolate Company meeting visitors, locals and business operators.
Over the next 9 months, 25 events will be hosted in the region to attract more visitors and provide a boost to the local economy. These include the Gourmet Escape, the Margaret River Pro, the Busselton Jetty Swim and Augusta Adventure Fest.
State Government, through Lotterywest, contributed $5 Million towards the $9.74 Million Margaret River HEART which officially opened earlier this month. The transformation of the former cultural centre and squash courts into a multi-purpose centre brings together entertainment, arts and business events in one world-class venue.
|Cape to Cape MTB||Augusta to Dunsborough||Oct-19|
|Australian Men’s Masters Hockey Championships||Busselton and Bunbury||Oct-19|
|Dardanup Bull and Barrel Festival||Dardanup||Oct-19|
|The 2019 WA State Road Cycling Championships||Bunbury||Oct-19|
|Western Australia Gourmet Escape||Margaret River, Swan Valley and Perth||Nov-19|
|Tour of Margaret River Pro Am||Nannup to Manjimup||Nov-19|
|Augusta Adventure Fest||Augusta||Nov-19|
|Ironman Western Australia||Busselton||Dec-19|
|Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival||Manjimup||Dec-19|
|Australian Tennis Seniors Championships||Busselton and Bunbury||Jan-20|
|Boyup Brook Country Music Festival||Boyup Brook||Feb-20|
|Nannup Music Festival||Nannup||Feb-20|
|Westrac Bunbury Geographe Gift||Bunbury||Feb-20|
|Busselton Jetty Swim||Busselton||Feb-20|
|Action Sports Games 2020||Bunbury||Feb-20|
|South West Craft Beer Festival||Busselton||Feb-20|
|RAC Karri Valley Triathlon||Pemberton||Mar-20|
|Forest Rally||Busselton and Nannup||Apr-20|
|Margaret River Open Studios||South-West region||Apr-20|
|Sunsmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon (IRONMAN 70.3)||Busselton||May-20|
|Margaret River Ultra Marathon||Margaret River||May-20|
|Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival||Margaret River||May-20|
|Jazz by the Bay||Dunsborough, Busselton and Margaret River||May-20|
|Margaret River Pro||Margaret River||TBC|