Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    State bids to attract major tourism trade show in 2008

    5/12/2005 12:00 AM

    The Gallop Government has put in a bid to attract one of the world’s largest tourism trade shows back to Perth in 2008.

    Tourism Minister Mark McGowan said the State Government had provided $2million to host the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) for the first time in June, which had resulted in more than $10million being spent in Western Australia in direct visitor expenditure.

    “The Australian Tourism Exchange sees tourism buyers and journalists from all over the world come to Australia to see what we have on offer,” Mr McGowan said.

    “We held the event for the first time in June and it was a major success.

    “As part of the ATE’s familiarisation program, more than 500 high-powered, influential tourism delegates travelled to various parts of the State to sample what we have on offer.

    “Because they have experienced WA first-hand, they are now better equipped to sell tourism packages to our State.

    “We are serious about growing the tourism industry in WA to create more jobs and opportunities for locals, which is why we want to host this event again in 2008.”

    Mr McGowan said he could not reveal the amount of money being offered by the State at this stage for commercial reasons.

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