Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    Lonely Planet declares Freo the way to go in 2016

    28/10/2015 6:05 AM
    • Lonely Planet selects Fremantle as number seven on list of Top 10 cities for 2016
    • Only city in Australia included on the list
    • Fremantle undergoing unprecedented investment and redevelopment  

    Fremantle has been named a 'must see' destination for 2016 by one of the world's most respected international travel publishers, Lonely Planet.


    Tourism Minister Kim Hames welcomed the port city's selection on Lonely Planet's Top 10 Cities list for 2016 and said the honour was timely as the city was undergoing its biggest transformation since the America's Cup defence in 1987.


    "With more than $1.3 billion of private and public investment in the development pipeline, Fremantle is in the midst of a period of great revitalisation," Dr Hames said.


    "New hotels, bars and restaurants have opened across the city, further adding to its appeal to visitors and locals.


    "When you consider all the city has to offer, it's no wonder the experts at Lonely Planet think Fremantle should be on everyone's travel list for 2016."


    Lonely Planet's 'Top 10 Cities' list is part of its annual Best in Travel 2016 publication which identifies the best trends, destinations, journeys and experiences for the upcoming year.


    The Minister said Fremantle was the only city in Australia to make the list.


    "Each year the release of Lonely Planet's Best in Travel attracts extensive worldwide media coverage which will provide great exposure for Fremantle and Western Australia, and hopefully this will translate into more visitors," he said.


    "I also hope it inspires locals to take a day trip to Freo to explore the changes for themselves."


    Dr Hames said tourism was an important industry for Fremantle, supporting more than 5,000 jobs and attracting around $780 million per annum in visitor spend in the port city.


    "Fremantle is also WA's main port for cruise shipping which generated more than $254.4 million for the State's economy last financial year," he said.


    The Minister said the State Government had a goal to grow the tourism industry to $12 billion over the next five years and increasing the appeal of popular tourism destinations such as Fremantle would help reach that target.


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