Talking Tourism

Issue #533, November 29, 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.

This year’s Gourmet Escape most successful to date

International culinary talent, sensational produce, food and wine, stunning venues, new event concepts and a greater variety of price points made this year’s Margaret River Gourmet Escape a standout. Tourism WA has been a proud partner of this event since its inception in 2012. The 2018 event brought together 60 culinary superstars from WA and around the world, who were joined by more than 20,000 attendees for the seventh and most successful instalment of the extraordinary festival of food and wine. Crowd favourites Nigella Lawson, Rick and Jack Stein, Julien Royer, Niki Nakayama, Skye Gyngell and Australia’s best culinary talent, such as Guy Grossi, Luke Mangan and Guillaume Brahimi, ventured to the South West for three days of food and wine events, hosted in 25 locations. Headline culinary talent Nigella Lawson said this year’s event was “as enchanting as ever – the people, the food and the wine all equally wonderful”. In 2019, the event will be expanded to include events in Perth, the Swan Valley and Margaret River over 10 days, from November 8 - 17. More information about the new event, Western Australia Gourmet Escape, will be released in early 2019. To keep up to date on developments, visit the website.


Road trips magazine to feature in Weekend West

Keep an eye out for Tourism WA’s 24-page WA Road Trips magazine in this Saturday’s edition of The Weekend West. Taking inspiration from Tourism WA’s Road Trips Guide, the editorial content was written by The West’s travel team and features road trip routes across the state. The liftout showcases WA’s spectacular scenery along with travel tips and how to make the most of your journey throughout the Road Trip State. This liftout is part of Tourism WA’s domestic road trips campaign to encourage intrastate dispersal. An interstate campaign has also been launched in partnership with national broadcaster Macquarie Radio Network. Earlier in November, Tourism WA hosted radio presenter Steve Price in WA’s South West, where he broadcast live shows from Albany and Bunbury from November 12 to 15. A range of destination content, including interviews with local operators, featured as part of his national program, Nights with Steve Price, broadcast on 3AW (Sydney), 2GB (Melbourne) and 4BC (Brisbane) and 47 regional locations in NSW, VIC and QLD. The campaign also includes commercial radio advertisements, press and social activity.


Aboriginal tourism experiences showcased on Destination WA

This week’s episode of Destination WA’s Summer Series, supported by Tourism WA, explores one of the world’s oldest surviving cultures with Dillon Andrews from Bungoolee Tours in the Kimberley, and Clinton Walker of Ngurrangga Tours in the Pilbara. You will also experience the marine wonderland of Ningaloo Reef from a glass-bottomed boat tour with Ningaloo Coral Bay, let Fremantle Tours showcase new bar and dining hotspots in the eclectic port city, and go on an epic adventure in Karijini National Park with Flying Sandgroper Tours. The show’s Summer Series includes 12 stories dedicated to Aboriginal tourism, which have been funded through the WA State Government’s Aboriginal Tourism Development Program in partnership with the WA Indigenous Tourism Operators Council. Destination WA is supported by Tourism WA, together with regional tourism organisations Australia’s North West, Coral Coast, Golden Outback, Destination Perth and local operators. Destination WA’s Summer Series airs in WA on Sundays at 5.30pm and nationally on Saturdays at 12.30pm on the Nine Network.


Flight Centre campaign launches in the UK

Tourism WA has teamed up with Flight Centre to launch its Road Trip campaign in the UK. The campaign aims to increase visitation and regional dispersal in WA by showcasing a range of extraordinary road trips including a new fly/drive package along the Coral Coast and two-week trips through the South West and Kimberley. Running from November until the end of December, the activity includes retail posters and digital screens in Flight Centre’s 80 shops, e-newsletters, a supplement with The Times and content and holiday offers in consumer magazines. Pre-campaign agent training was also part of the campaign.


European travel agents experience the Kimberley

Tourism WA recently hosted German and Swiss travel agents from travel wholesaler and retailer, Boomerang Reisen, on a trip to Western Australia's Kimberley region. The group experienced a Kimberley Wild tour, with opportunities to sleep under the stars, and visited Emma Gorge and El Questro station. Other experiences included a flight over the Bungle Bungles, as well as trips to Lake Argyle, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing, Broome, Cape Leveque and more.


Dreamtime stories on the Swan join Fringe World festivities

Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours has partnered with Fringe World to offer a cruise on the Swan River as part of Fringe Festival. Dreamtime on the Derbarl Yerrigan is a river cruise with a difference, with guests enjoying Dreamtime stories told by Noongar guide Walter McGuire while onboard the Crystal Swan. Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours, which runs tours at Elizabeth Quay and Yagan Square, receives assistance and support from Tourism WA though the Aboriginal Tourism Development Initiative – a Perth program funded by Indigenous Business Australia, City of Perth, Tourism WA and the WA Indigenous Tourism Operators Council (WAITOC). Book tickets online through Fringe World for the cruise, which departs on January 24 and February 14, 2019.


New open-topped double-decker bus tour launches in Perth

Perth Explorer’s new open-topped double-decker bus took its maiden cruise this week with a special tour to showcase its new multilingual commentary available in eight languages. Tourism Minister Paul Papalia attended the launch and jumped on board for a short tour of Kings Park before Parliament. Perth Explorer Hop On Hop Off tour has 12 stops, including Kings Park, Northbridge, Crown Perth, Elizabeth Quay, Bell Tower, city shopping malls, Perth Mint, WA Art Gallery, Yagan Square, Optus Stadium and Watertown, and takes two hours from start to finish. It is the only hop on hop off tour to offer expert commentary in eight languages. Visit the website for more information.


Perth in National Geographic’s Best Trips 2019

Western Australia’s capital city has been named by National Geographic as one of the places to visit for 2019. Lauded for its world-class beaches, Swan Valley wineries, urban-chic hotels and the waterfront development at Elizabeth Quay, Perth makes its mark as Australia’s best kept secret. The incredible rock formations and coastal cliffs of Western Australia also get a mention. National Geographic has a global online audience of 27 million. Read the article here.


Perth a top destination in Conde Nast Traveller

Perth has been included in Conde Nast Traveller’s Top Holiday Destinations for 2019. The coverage comes off the back of Tourism WA’s UK team pitching stories to Conde Nast Traveller’s editorial team and hosting its publishing director, Simon Leadsford, on an inaugural press trip to WA this year. The article highlights Qantas’s new London to Perth direct flight, as well as the Gourmet Escape, Ningaloo Reef, Rottnest Island, Cottesloe Beach, Elizabeth Quay and new hotels, to name a few.


Workshops to raise profile of regional collecting organisations

Museums Galleries Australia WA and the WA Museum have launched a new professional development workshop targeting collections organisations in regional WA. A tourism-focused module within the workshop has been developed in partnership with Tourism WA. The workshops are subsidised for regional organisations as part of an initiative to raise the visibility of regional collections. Sessions will be held throughout WA with the next in Mandurah from December 4-5. Visit the website to register.


Nominations open for Board positions

The Warren Blackwood Alliance of Councils (WBAC) is inviting nominations from people interested in joining the Southern Forests Blackwood Valley Tourism Association formal Board. The board services the shires of Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Manjimup and Nannup. Applications must be submitted before 4.30pm, Wednesday December 19. For more information or to nominate online, go here.




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


Accessible Tourism in the South West community hackathon

December 3: Accessible Tourism in the South West is the topic of a community challenge hackathon, hosted by ECU South West. With demand for accessible tourism anticipated to increase, the event will consider how to build accessibility in the region to ensure it meets the needs of all visitors. It runs from 8am to 8pm at the ECU CBD Learning Hub in Bunbury. Register for free here or via email.


Registrations close soon for TCWA Xmas Tipple

December 7: Registrations close next week for the annual Tourism Council WA Xmas Tipple, to be held on Friday, December 7. This event provides an opportunity for the tourism industry to come together and reflect on another successful year. Visit the Tourism Council WA website to register.


Boost Your business with AFL Tourism Workshop

December 10: Tourism Council WA is presenting an AFL Tourism Workshop where you will hear from Tourism WA on what the research reveals about the AFL tourist; from Tourism Council WA on how to participate in AFL tourism through wholesalers and packaging; VenuesLive for an update on Optus Stadium; and social media expert Meg Coffey (Coffey & Tea) on how to leverage social media to reach travellers. To register, visit the website.


Destination Perth Christmas party for industry colleagues

December 12: The Destination Perth Christmas Party for industry colleagues will be held on December 12 from 5:30pm to 8pm at Caversham Wildlife Park in the Swan Valley. The dress code is ‘Aussie Outback’ attire. For more information or to RSVP by November 30 go here.



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