Pam Beggs

Pam Beggs

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    Figures show WA tourism sector leads other States

    12/10/1992 12:00 AM
     
     
    The growth in Western Australia's tourism sector continues to be among the fastest of all States.
     
    Tourism Minister Pam Beggs said figures released by the Canberra-based Bureau for Tourism research showed interstate visitor trips to WA rose five per cent in 1991 and visitor nights were up 13 per cent.
     
    The figures are benchmarks of how Western Australia's tourism industry compares with those in other States.
     
    Mrs Beggs said WA was the second fastest growing tourism State last year for interstate visitors. Only Queensland enjoyed greater increases.
     
    "The encouraging aspect is that the big gains made last year have continued into 1992," she said.
     
    "According to the Bureau of Statistics, room nights in hotels, motels and guest houses were up 2.4 per cent across the State in the June quarter of this year compared with the same period in 1991.
     
    "In terms of takings, revenue was up 4.6 per cent to $45.6 million compared with an increase in the consumer price index of just 0.5 per cent.
     
    "This is a strong reminder that tourism is one of the major sustainable growth industries in Western Australia."