Ministers urged West Aussies to stay polite as tourism chiefs visit Perth

 Thursday, April 4, 2019 


WA Tourism Minister Paul Papalia has appealed to the West Aussies to be gracious in their behavior and cooperative when Perth hosts Australia’s biggest tourism convention in the coming week.


Organizers have inspired the taxi and Uber drivers, police and city retailers to be optimistic as the State initiates the red carpet to over 2000 international and interstate delegates for the annual Australian Tourism Exchange event.


“A good first impression goes a long way,” Mr Papalia said.


In an extraordinary show of kindness, hotels will provide over $1 million in free accommodation to delegates.


The Australian Hotels Association is offering “service with a smile” training for leading hospitality staffs and management.


Mr Papalia explained that the ATE was a once-in-a-generational opportunity to rearrange WA’s standing as a gorgeous and reasonably priced destination.


“The last time Perth hosted the ATE was in 2012 when we were in the middle of a mining boom,” he said.


“The impression people took away was that Perth was a mining town, with a shortage of hotel rooms and very expensive coffee.”


“Things have changed completely. That’s the message we want to get across.”


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