Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Safety to be focus in adventure tourism review

    29/07/2005 12:00 AM
     
    29/7/05

    Visitor safety will be the focus in an extensive review into the adventure tourism industry, Tourism Minister Mark McGowan said today.

    Mr McGowan established a taskforce to look into the industry after 10 tourists and a tour guide went missing in a Karijini National Park gorge in June.

    The Minister said the review, which would be completed by the end of October, would look at a range of issues relevant to the adventure tourism industry, including licensing and accreditation requirements and signage and information availability.

    Mr McGowan said submissions had been invited from interested persons and organisations on issues related to the review.

    “Western Australia’s tourism industry is worth billions of dollars to the State and employs more than 70,000 people - it is essential that visitor safety is not at risk,” he said.

    “We are spending a record amount over the next few years on marketing WA to create more jobs and further boost our economy and we need to ensure visitors enjoy the best possible experience when coming to our State.

    “The review has received strong support from the tourism industry and will help cement safe visitor experiences worthy of our world-class attractions.”

    The review will be chaired by Ellis Griffiths of the Department of Premier and Cabinet and comprise senior officials from relevant Government departments, including Tourism Western Australia and the Department of Conservation and Land Management.

    It will recommend any administrative or legislative changes considered necessary to improve visitor safety for adventure tourism in WA.

    Bodies to be consulted include Tourism Council Western Australia, Tour Guides Association of Western Australia, Outdoors WA, the Conservation Commission and the Bus and Coach Association of Western Australia.

    For more information on adventure tourism in Western Australia or to make a submission, visit http://www.dpc.wa.gov.au/adventuretourismsafety

    The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, August 31 at 5pm.

    Minister's office: 9222 9111