West Australia boosts event funding to enhance tourism

Published on : Saturday, May 14, 2016

Western AustraliaThanks to a $30 million investment in events funding in the 2016-17 State Budget, Western Australia will attract thousands of visitors by hosting even more major business, sporting and entertainment events.

Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said the events funding would help Perth Stadium stage blockbuster events and allowed the Perth Convention Bureau (PCB) to attract more conventions.

“An extra $19 million will help attract big events to activate the new Perth stadium; $3.15 million will be reinstated to the Perth Convention Bureau events budget, and the PCB will also receive an extra $7.55 million on top of that,” Barnett said in a media statement.

“More than 2,000 new hotel rooms will be built by 2018, as will the 60,000-seat Perth Stadium, therefore we need to work hard to maximise these investments.”

New marine parks at Roebuck Bay, Horizontal Falls and the North Kimberley will be established this year, and work will continue to create the largest national park in Australia, which will include the entire Mitchell Plateau.

Barnett said these parks would help build the Kimberley’s reputation as a world-class holiday destination for visitors wanting to experience one of the last untouched environments on the planet.

As part of an expanded $1 million Chinese New Year package, a program aimed at bringing more young professionals and international students to WA from China and neighbouring countries will also be developed.

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said a $20 million investment through Royalties for Regions would soon see construction start on the Kalbarri Skywalk, a spectacular viewing platform overlooking the Murchison River gorge. Major upgrades to lookouts, roads and visitor infrastructure was also underway.

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