Talking Tourism

Issue #501 April 19, 2018


Talking Tourism is Tourism Western Australia's e-newsletter detailing the latest news, events, products and other information of interest to you in the WA tourism industry.

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Perth to host global tourism trade event in 2019

The State Government, through Tourism WA, has secured Australia’s largest annual tourism trade event to be held in Perth in 2019. The Australian Tourism Exchange brings together Australian tourism businesses, wholesalers, and retailers, from around the world, through a combination of scheduled business appointments and networking events. The event will also give international travel buyers and media the opportunity to experience all the changes that have happened around Perth and WA first-hand through familiarisations. Organised by Tourism Australia, in partnership with Tourism WA, ATE19 will take place at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 8-12, 2019. Read more on our corporate website.

Image: Cape Vlamingh, courtesy Rottnest Island Authority.

Wadjemup Bidi project now complete

The final section of the Wadjemup Bidi project is now open, completing the 45km network of walk trails on Rottnest Island. Ngank Wen Bidi takes in the far reaches of the Island’s West End, such as Rocky Bay and Marjorie Bay, as well as Cathedral Rocks, Cape Vlamingh and Fish Hook Bay. Planned as a five-year $8 million project, the five Wadjemup Bidi sections were delivered in four and a half years at $4,317,941. The project also received $210,000 from the Australian Government as part of the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program 2014-18. WA received $5.063 million in funding over four years from this program, managed by the State Government through Tourism WA. Read more in the Minister for Tourism's media statement

Pinky Beach

Major Rottnest revamp announced

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia today announced a major expansion of Hotel Rottnest, inlcuding new rooms and several pools, and officially launched the start of construction on a $20 million luxury 'glamping' resort at Pinky Beach. Hotel Rottnest will double in size from 9000sq m to 17,800sq m and will add 80 rooms to its current offering of 18. The Discovery Eco Village Rottnest Island at Pinky Beach is expected to open by the end of this year, with accommodation prices between $100 and $350 a night. Karma Rottnest will also receive a boost, with the introduction of a world-class day spa experience in coming months. For more information, read the Minister's media statement here.


New deal secured for SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon

The State Government has signed a two-year deal to fund the SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon in 2018 and 2019, which attracts some of the world’s toughest athletes to Western Australia. The main attraction of the festival is the popular IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton triathlon, which is the largest IRONMAN 70.3 event in the Southern Hemisphere and the world’s fastest growing endurance sport race. The event is funded by the State Government through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program, which is supported by Royalties for Regions. Visit Tourism WA’s corporate website for more information.


Perth to host World Indigenous Tourism Summit in 2020

Western Australia has been announced as the successful host of the third World Indigenous Tourism Summit in April 2020. Thanks to a successful bid by the WA Indigenous Tourism Operators Council (WAITOC), with support from the Perth Convention Bureau (PCB) and the State Government through Tourism WA, the summit is expected to attract hundreds of delegates from around Australia and the world. The biennial event will focus on economic, environmental, social and political advances and challenges in Indigenous tourism. It has previously been held in Canada and New Zealand. Read more on our corporate website.


The Aussies in full swing at Scarborough Beach

The 2018 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships is well under way in Scarborough, with more than 5238 competitors taking part in this year’s event. Of those, 3870 are from outside WA. The Aussies is the largest event of its kind, with members from Australia’s 311 Surf Clubs coming together to compete in more than 450 beach and ocean races. As well as the competitors, thousands of spectators and support crew are attending the popular event. The Aussies, which is sponsored by Tourism WA, will run until Sunday, April 22.


New tours launched in Kooljaman at Cape Leveque

Kooljaman at Cape Leveque hosted its 2018 season launch this week.  Proudly owned by the Bardi communities of Djarindjin and Ardyaloon, Kooljaman is located on the Dampier Peninsular and has a range of accommodation and touring options.  New for the 2018 season is the Sunday Island Adventure Tour, where guests can cruise, fish and explore with Traditional Owners. Also on offer is night fishing, spear making, shell polishing, tucker talks, cultural talks, coastal walks and the very popular sunset cruise. Viisit the website for details.


Destination WA back on air this weekend

On this week’s episode of Destination WA, walk among the Tingle Trees at Walpole’s Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk, visit Maalinup Aboriginal Art Gallery in the Swan Valley, take a look behind the scenes at AQUA, get up close with wildlife at Perth Zoo and plunge into the waters of Ningaloo for a night dive at Exmouth’s Navy Pier. Episode 12 of Destinations WA airs on Channel Nine Sunday, April 22 at 5.30pm. The 15-part series is supported by Tourism WA in conjunction with Australia’s North West, Australia’s Coral Coast, Australia’s Golden Outback and Australia’s South West, and also funded through the Aboriginal Tourism Development Program in partnership with the WA Indigenous Tourism Operators Council. 


Inbound tour operator training in Sydney

Tourism WA’s east coast team is currently holding a series of training sessions with inbound reservations staff in Sydney, while the international team meets with product managers at the Australian Tourism Exchange in Adelaide. Almost 100 inbound tour operators (ITOs) across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane will also attend next month’s East Coast Roadshow. Ongoing training and education of ITOs is key to ensuring more WA product is being packaged by overseas wholesalers, as well as reinforcing that Perth is Australia’s western gateway and an affordable, vibrant destination close to nature with extraordinary regional experiences.


Tourism WA partners with Expedia on new campaigns

WA's hotel industry is invited to participate in two new cooperative campaigns with Expedia Australia and Expedia Singapore, to promote our extraordinary State. Tourism WA is looking to drive visitation to the State through the two campaigns, which will start on May 1 and run through to May 31, 2018. Submit your offer here. For more information, or to distribute your product through the Expedia platform, email Market Manager Xavier Sale Busquets.


Promote your business for free on Tourism WA website

Tourism WA is looking to add more events, restaurants and bars to its consumer website Our goal is to  showcase the diversity and density of WA events, and places to eat and drink, to potential tourists. If you run an event, own a bar, restaurant or café and would like to be listed for free, please contact the Australian Tourism Database Warehouse team on or visit Tourism WA’s corporate website for more information. 


New CEO appointed for Destination Perth

Tracey Cinavas-Prosser has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Destination Perth regional tourism organisation from July 1, 2018. Tracey is currently the Executive Director Stakeholder Relations at the Perth Convention Bureau. She will be taking over from Noeleen Pearson, who will be retiring in July, after being CEO for the past 14 years. Tourism WA would like to congratulate Tracey on the new role, and thank Noeleen for all her hard work and dedication to the tourism industry.


Explore WA’s great outdoors on foot

The State Government, in partnership with Trails WA and industry bodies, is developing a Bushwalking and Trail Running Strategy for Western Australia. If you have 10 minutes to spare, please complete the bushwalking and trail running survey via this link. The results of the survey will provide valuable community input to inform the strategy, which will support more sustainable bushwalking and trail running planning, programs, governance and facilities state-wide.


Visitor Centre Tender Open

The Tender for the Provision of Western Australian Visitor Centre Information and Booking Services has been released and is live on the Tenders WA website. The WAVC provides and displays information on a wide range of destinations, attractions and tourism product across the State and also takes bookings for these products. Tourism WA is seeking to appoint a suitably resourced entity (company, sole trader or not-for-profit association) to provide visitor information services, retail sales and booking services for the WAVC.More details are available at this link.


Perth brand assets available for industry

Organisations and businesses involved in promoting Perth as a leisure, business and education destination are encouraged to use new Perth branding in their marketing and communications. Developed by four key West Australian tourism bodies - Tourism WA, Study Perth, Experience Perth and the Perth Convention Bureau - the Perth branding aims to effectively promote the city and its recent public and private investments. For more information on how to use and apply the brand, visit our corporate website.




Visit Tourism WA’s corporate website for a comprehensive list of workshops, conferences and other events that may be of interest to WA’s tourism industry. To list or update your industry event, email


Speakers announced for Perth Hotel and Venue Development Breakfast

Find out the latest in hotel, precinct and venue development at the Perth Hotel and Venue Development Breakfast on May 3. Presented by Tourism Council WA and the Property Council of Australia (WA), the event will include presentations from Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA, Minister for Tourism; Saskia Doherty, Tourism WA Executive Director Events; Veronica Jeffery, Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Place Management; and Michael Campbell, Lucid Economics Director. Registrations now open.


Nominations for 2018 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards now open

Tourism businesses are invited to nominate for the 2018 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards. Supported by Tourism WA, the Award program is designed to reward and promote excellence within the Western Australian tourism industry. There are 28 business categories to choose from, including Festivals and Events, Tour Operators, Adventure Tourism and several Accommodation options, as well as five individual awards, allowing all sectors of the tourism industry to participate. Nominate here.


Tourism workshops visiting regions in 2018

Tourism Council WA is continuing to deliver a range of industry-relevant training across Western Australia. These workshops are regularly updated to ensure they deliver the latest information and insights for your business. Training will take place in Albany, Margaret River and Perth over the next few months. For more information or to register, visit the Tourism Council WA website.


Who’s who in Tourism - 2017 State and Australian Tourism Award winners

Friday, May 11, 2018: How do you turn your great tourism product or business into one of the best visitor experiences? Hear from a selection of 2017 State and Australian Tourism Award winners, as they share their top five points that have contributed towards making their business a stand out success. For more information or to register visit the FACET website.


The Business of Geotourism and Geoparks

Monday, May 14, 2018: The Forum Advocating Cultural and Tourism Inc (FACET) together with Geoparks WA will host a one-day workshop which will provide you with an overview of geotourism from an international, national and West Australian perspective. Presenters will share an insight into Geoparks around the world and you will learn of some of the work being done in regional WA to grow geotourism and deliver beneficial outcomes. For more information or to register visit the FACET website.


2018 AHA (WA) Hospitality Expo and Conference

May 15 and 16, 2018: The 20th Annual Hospitality Conference is a condensed and comprehensive two-day program from expert guest speakers that will provide you with insight into the industry, industry trends as well as offering tools and resources to assist you in giving your business a competitive edge. Visit AHA WA’s website for more information.


Save the Date for the 2018 WA Tourism Conference

September, 2018: The WA Tourism Conference returns to the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre in September. Sponsored by Tourism WA, and jointly hosted by Tourism Council WA, Visitor Centres WA, Caravan Industry Association WA, WAITOC and FACET, the event presents an opportunity for networking and engagement with industry colleagues and the chance to hear from industry-leading speakers. For more information, visit the Tourism Council website.


Australian Indigenous Tourism Conference

October 30 - November 2, 2018:  The ninth Australian Indigenous Tourism Conference (AITC) will be held in Lorne, Victoria from October 30 to November 2, 2018.  Facilitated by WAITOC, hosted by Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation and supported by the State Government of Victoria and Outback Academy, the conference will table the opportunities and challenges within the industry and include presentations by tourism industry leaders. For more information, visit the WAITOC website.


For upcoming Tourism WA sponsored events head to the Tourism WA corporate website.