International tourist numbers up in WA

Famous selfies with the quokkas on Rottnest Island.
Famous selfies with the quokkas on Rottnest Island.

THE rate of international holidaymakers visiting WA is the highest the state has seen, according to new tourism data released today.

The International Visitor Survey has revealed the number of overseas tourists has increased by more than 12 per cent over the past financial year.

International spending money was also the highest WA has seen, with an increase of 21.4 per cent to $844 million – well above the national average increase of 6.7 per cent in this sector.

Tourism minister Paul Papalia said WA had shown the highest international holiday visitor growth of all Australian states and territories and that was something to be proud of.

“While these results are fantastic, we will not be slowing down our efforts to attract more people to WA,” Mr Papalia said.

“I’m confident that with our recent $12 million international marketing boost, bumper year of events, new direct flights and ongoing international and domestic marketing campaigns, we will continue to see those numbers rise in future.”

The National Visitor Survey also released today found WA had 1.8 million interstate visitors in 2018-19 which was an increase of more than 17 per cent on the previous year.

“I’m extremely happy with the latest visitor results, which prove that all our hard work in promoting WA as a desirable holiday destination is paying off,” Mr Papalia said.