TOURISM in Western Australia provides 109,000 jobs according to recent research by Tourism WA.
The research showed that 72,000 people were directly employed by WA’s tourism industry, with a further 37,000 employed indirectly.
Although the research did not break down the figures by region, Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the Swan Valley was a large contributor to tourism jobs and spend.
He said plans to drive tourism in the Swan Valley would mean the region would meet its full potential.
“The Swan Valley is home to more than 150 tourism businesses and is one of Western Australia’s premier visitor destinations,” he said.
“It’s recognised for its gourmet produce and nature, and heritage based experiences, with ease accessibility from Perth.
“Tourism WA is working with the City of Swan and other stakeholders to get the conditions right, so tourism can reach its full potential and create even more jobs.”
The State Government has pledged $425 million to destination marketing and events over the next five years in a commitment to tourism’s role in diversifying WA’s economy.
In 2016, 30.7 million visitors spent $10 billion in the State, including $4.7 billion in regional WA.