Increased funding for tourism marketing and major events in the 2016-17 WA Budget will drive economic activity and support hospitality jobs in the state, according to peak industry association Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA).
The Barnett Government has reaffirmed its commitment to provide an additional $19 million to attract major events to Perth Stadium, along with additional support for the Perth Convention Bureau. The Government has also reversed its decision to cut funding to Tourism Western Australia, the state’s tourism marketing agency.
R&CA CEO John Hart says it is pleasing the Barnett Government has ‘seen the light’ and will continue to support one of the country’s super growth industries through infrastructure investment, tourism marketing and business event development.
“Business and major event visitors are high yielding travellers that inject significant expenditure in the local economy,” said Mr Hart. “The restaurant and catering industry is the largest employer of all tourism-related industries, employing 68,900 Western Australians in small businesses across the state. Tourism and major events promotion is essential to drive demand and patronage of these businesses.
“Today’s budget demonstrates the Barnett Government is willing to invest in the building blocks of the future—and that the future is in the visitor economy.”