Ngurrangga Tours received the highest accolade at the 2023 Perth Airport WA tourism awards. The fully Aboriginal-owned tour operator delivers cultural tourism experiences within the Pilbara region.
Willie Creek Pearls, Live Ningaloo, CORE Cider House, Tree Chalets, and City of Fremantle were awarded Hall of Fame - for winning the gold medal in their categories three years in a row.
The new category recognising operators for excellence in accessible tourism was awarded to Off The Beaten Track WA.
The gold medallists in selected categories will go on to represent WA at the 2023 Australian Tourism Awards.
For the full list of winners and more information visit tourismcouncilwa.com.au
Global leaders from some of the world's biggest companies will come together to discuss tourism and trade after Western Australia was selected to host the prestigious World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit next year.
WTTC is the global authority on tourism and its members include over 200 CEOs, Chairpersons, and Presidents of companies such as Emirates, Etihad Airlines, Hilton Group, Visa, and Expedia.
The annual WTTC summit will take place in October 2024, and spotlight WA as an emerging global leader in travel, tourism and trade.
More information about World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)
Latest research from the Tourism & Transport Forum (Australia's peak industry group for the Australian tourism, transport and aviation sectors) has found that the South West region of WA has experienced the biggest growth in popularity in regional tourism across the country since the pandemic.
The biggest growth in visitors to the South West was among middle-aged Australians aged 30-64, with visitation nearly 19 per cent above pre-COVID levels, followed by Australians over 65 with a 15 per cent increase, then young people under 30 with an eight per cent increase.
Among WA residents, the greatest surge in popularity was for the North West region, with visitation nearly 37 per cent above pre-COVID levels.
Read the TTF report here
The National Skills Agreement is a 5-year joint agreement between the Commonwealth, states and territories to strengthen the vocational education and training (VET) sector and will commence 1 January 2024.
The Agreement will:
The latest statistics from the Australian Cruise Association highlight that more than 150 cruise ships have visited Western Australia and injected over $333 million into WA economy in 2022-23.
The State's cruise sector created more than 1,000 jobs for the state.
The upcoming cruise season kicks off with the arrival of the Coral Princess on Saturday, 11 November, bringing 2,000 passengers into the Port of Fremantle.
In 2023-24, cruise ships will visit WA more than 140 times across WA's seven active ports at Albany, Busselton, Broome, Esperance, Exmouth, Fremantle and Geraldton.
The "Drive the Dream" campaign invites travellers to explore Western Australia as the ultimate destination for a self-drive holiday, and follows Ricciardo and his best mate Blake on their roadtrip from Perth to Exmouth along the Coral Coast Highway.
The campaign launched in Singapore last week.
Singapore is home to the Singapore Grand Prix F1 Night Race and has many F1 and Daniel Ricciardo fans. Singapore was WA’s second largest international market in 2019, with many Singaporeans interested in road trip holidays and exploring WA regions.
Find out more about "Drive the Dream"
THEATRE 180 have been honoured at the Western Australian Heritage Awards 2023, announced as winners in the Contribution by a Community-Based Organisation category. THEATRE 180 produces heritage theatre productions that tell the stories of key figures and events in Western Australia’s history in a range of styles. It tours extensively throughout the state, appealing to a wide demographic. The company use oral and recorded histories to bring the past to contemporary audiences and Executive Director Rebecca Davis in accepting the award said that THEATRE 180 'believe passionately in the importance of understanding our past in order to reflect on the present and thereby dream our future.'
Explore the 2023 WA Heritage Awards winners here
The Media Entertainment Arts Alliance (MEAA) has launched a survey of the publishing industry aiming to explore and tackle ‘systemic problems in the book industry such as unpaid overtime, a culture of churn and burn, lack of pay and career progression, and pay inequality, as well as no enforceable minimums for freelancers’. The survey currently has no closing date.
Read the ArtsHub explainer
Access the survey
Those working in the outdoor industry or who have an interest in this industry are invited to share their thoughts about climate change. A survey was originally conducted in 2021 and 2023 results will allow a comparison and inform future outdoor industry projects.
To be involved in this national survey undertaken by the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland visit the Climate Change Industry Survey 2023
Filmmakers will have the chance to compete for a share of $75,500 as part of a new short film competition launched last week. Established by PerthNow in partnership with SAE Creative Media Institute, the Best Australian Short Film Competition invites both emerging and established filmmakers nationwide to submit their original short films. The competition offers a cash first prize of $30,000, as well as scholarship opportunities, with selected films also screening on the PerthNow website. SAE will offer a $10,000 scholarship for a Bachelor’s degree in animation or film as part of the competition. The competition is supported by Seven Perth, Screenwest, and The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
Read more at if.com.au