18th annual Channel Seven Mandurah Crab Fest presented by LiveLighter
Biggest and most anticipated feature of region's events calendar
Supported by the State Government through Tourism WA and Royalties for Regions
More than 100,000 people are expected to head to Mandurah's foreshore this weekend for the annual Channel Seven Mandurah Crab Fest presented by LiveLighter.
Tourism Minister Kim Hames said the Mandurah crab fest was the biggest and most anticipated event on Mandurah's calendar.
"Mandurah has held a crab festival since 1999 and each year it has grown in terms of the number of events and visitors it attracts," Dr Hames said.
"It is now an institution for the local community and attracts visitors from across the State."
The Mandurah crab fest is proudly supported by the State Government through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program, made possible by the Royalties for Regions program.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said tourism was a rapidly growing industry that had a strong influence on regional development.
"Royalties for Regions plays a key role in supporting regional events that bring employment and investment opportunities to our regions," Mr Redman said.
"Events like the Mandurah crab fest are crucial to regional Western Australia's economic strength and sustainability, and I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions investing in our future."
Dr Hames said tourism was crucial to the State's economy, generating 94,000 jobs and attracting $8.9 billion in visitor spend last year.
"Our strategy is to increase this value to $12 billion by 2020," he said.
"Events are critical drivers of tourism because they attract visitors, boost the economy, add vibrancy to the community and raise the profile of the State nationally through valuable media exposure."
Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5300
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700