Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Close to $1billion worth of tourism accommodation in planning stage

    11/09/2005 12:00 AM
     
    11/09/05

    A massive $977.4million worth of tourism accommodation is in the development pipeline for Western Australia, according to the latest Tourism Accommodation Development Register.

    A further $286million worth of tourism accommodation is being built throughout the State.

    Tourism Minister Mark McGowan made the comments while opening the new $50million, 291-room Holiday Inn at Burswood on Thursday and said the figures revealed investor confidence in the WA tourism industry was running high.

    “WA’s tourism industry is booming, with international visitor numbers also at an all-time high,” Mr McGowan said.

    As of July 1, 2005, there were 121 projects in the planning stage and 57 projects under construction.

    “The vast majority of activity is taking place in the South-West, Perth and the Coral Coast (Ningaloo/Gascoyne) areas,” the Minister said.

    Major developments in the planning stage include:
    • Ningaloo Hilton, Coral Bay - $56million;
    • Tropicana Inn, Broome - $30million;
    • Hilton Eco Resort and Spa, Yallingup - $52million; and
    • Old Perth Port Hotel, Perth - $15million.
    Mr McGowan said WA needed more available accommodation at all levels, from top-class resorts to caravan parks.

    “We expect that demand will continue to grow as our massive $91million marketing campaign over five years - announced in May - starts to bear fruit,” he said.

    “Recent figures released by Tourism Research Australia show WA is experiencing strong growth in international visitor numbers, with a 7.4 per cent increase in the 12 months to June 2005.

    “Our visitors are also staying longer - demonstrating that the Gallop Government’s commitment to make WA the nation’s premier tourism State is beginning to take effect.

    “Tourism is a major industry for WA and we are committed to facilitating its growth to ensure more jobs and opportunities are created for all Western Australians.”

    The Tourism Accommodation Development Register is available online at
    http://www.westernaustralia.com/en/Industry/Planning+and+Development/Planning+and+Development.htm

    Minister's office: 9222 9111