FutureNow’s Industry Manager for Tourism attended the 2019 International Tourism Symposium hosted on 20 February by Curtin University’s Tourism Research Cluster. The topic, ‘From under-tourism to just-right-tourism: Asian, European, American and Australian perspectives’ provided a basis to discuss possible future development pathways for Western Australia, within the context of the ‘over-tourism’ phenomenon in many destinations worldwide.
Recent experiences in Europe and Asia have challenged the global tourism industry, and necessitated the development of unique mechanisms to manage tourism capacity. The sharing of these learnings and resulting policies presents an opportunity for Western Australia in balancing ‘just-right’ tourist flows now and in the future. Further, this has implications for Western Australia’s broader tourism workforce ranging from policy makers, to destination marketers, workers providing services directly to visitors, and everyone in between, especially because much of the on-the-ground workforce is seasonal in accordance with fluctuating visitation across the State.