Dialogue with Asian Business Councils aims to boost tourism

by WA Government News | Feb 01, 2019
  • Asian Business Councils can play pivotal role in attracting investors to WA
  • Figures reveal 954,800 international visitors to WA in year to September 2018
  • Biggest Asian visitor markets in 2018: Malaysia, Singapore, China, Indonesia, Japan, India and Hong Kong 

Asian Engagement Minister Peter Tinley will bring together key representatives from WA-based Asian Business Councils and Tourism Western Australia leaders today to canvass opportunities in the State's tourism sector.

Western Australia is home to several Asian Business Councils that represent the State's major international visitor markets including China, India and Japan.

Tourism WA figures show there were 954,800 international visitors to WA in the 12 months to September 2018. Official figures valued WA's tourism sector at $11.8 billion in 2016-17.

Tourism WA managing director Brodie Carr, and other directors from the agency, will deliver presentations to the Asian Business Councils, highlighting the opportunities to develop and strengthen the tourism experience of international visitors across the State. 

The number of Asian visitors to WA is expected to rise exponentially in the coming decade as Asia's dominance of the global economy gains momentum.

Comments attributed to Asian Engagement Minister Peter Tinley:

"WA is ideally placed to capture greater market share from neighbouring Asian countries. Establishing and maintaining close partnerships with Asian business networks and diaspora communities will help us achieve this.

"Asian Business Councils have the depth of market intelligence and relationships, as well as the level of local knowledge, required to promote WA's unique tourism experiences - from the beaches of Broome to major cultural, sporting and other regional events.

"The opportunity for growth in WA's $11 billion tourism sector, with the added potential to create new jobs for Western Australians, revitalise small business and attract Asian investment, cannot be overstated."

Minister's office - 6552 5300

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