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Event Date: 16 May 2008 17:29 (Single Day Event)

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9.30am to 12.30pm

Tourism Western Australia Chairman Kate Lamont today extended an invitation to the people of Western Australia to join in a discussion and debate on the type of tourism industry they wanted to see develop up to and beyond 2020.

“Tourism is a sector of the economy that’s hard to define – until the visitors stop coming,” she said.

“It is an essential industry in WA, and last financial year generated nearly $6 billion and employed six per cent of the workforce.

“Tourism is everybody’s business – whether you’re a high school student on your first part-time job, a family planning to get away in the next holidays, or a business in a regional community that is enjoying improved services because of visitor numbers.”

Ms Lamont said that to encourage debate, a discussion document had been prepared by Tourism Western Australia that posed some thought-starters in regard to several significant issues.

“We want the WA community to join in a conversation with us on how we should share our home with visitors in the future,” she said.

“We need to answer questions such as: How many tourists do we really want? How will we preserve our natural environment to future-proof our tourism industry? What sort of processes do we need to put in place to ensure that our visitors have a truly memorable experience?

“It’s also essential that we consider the amenities and facilities we want for our own families too, so that they can continue enjoying the great, traditional Aussie holiday.

“What do we need to do from now on to ensure our future generations have precious memories of wonderful holidays in WA?”

Ms Lamont said that there had never been a more challenging and exciting time to be involved with WA’s tourism industry.

Global issues, such as economic conditions, exchange rates, fuel prices, climate change, and potential pandemics all created uncertainty.

Other challenges included increased competition, staff availability, variable returns on investment, and competition for public and private investment.

“To allow as many people as possible to contribute to the debate, Tourism Western Australia is holding 14 community workshops throughout the state to allow everyone who is interested to put forward their views,” she said.

Both the discussion document, Tourism 2020: A chance to have your say, and registration details for the workshops are available on-line at http://www.tourism.wa.gov.au/2020. Telephone inquiries can be directed to the 2020 team on 9262 1700.

“Merging the community’s ideas and opinions with ours will allow us to produce a strategy that will guide the planning for the years to come,” she said.

Media contact: Sheryl Fewster, Director 2020
(08) 9262 1750 / 041 99 66 441
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