State funding for tourism marketing and events creates jobs by attracting more visitors and tourism dollars to WA. For every additional $1 million invested in state tourism marketing, WA receives $22 million tourism dollars which creates 240 new jobs.
Current State funding is $81 million increasing to $91 million next year, but estimated to decline to $55 million. This would result in less tourism dollars and jobs.
Major Party Promises
WA Labor have committed to consistent annual marketing and events funding of $87 million per year including additional funding for international education. Tourism Council WA estimates this commitment would create an additional 2,300 jobs in WA. Click here for more information on WA Labor tourism commitments.
Liberals WA have not announced election commitments for any marketing or event funding in addition to the current State Budget. Click here for more information on Liberals WA commitments.
Minor Party Promises
The Nationals have committed to increase annual marketing and events funding by $25 million p.a. to consistent funding of $106 million p.a. However this commitment is dependent on the the Nationals proposed increase in the special lease rental from 25c to $5/tonne. Tourism Council WA estimates this commitment would create an additional 5,300 jobs in WA. Click here for more information on the Nationals tourism commitments.
The Greens have committed to increase annual marketing and events funding by $20 million p.a. to consistent funding of $101 million pa. Tourism Council WA estimates this commitment will create an additional 4,100. Click here for more information on the Greens tourism commitments.
Tourism Council WA is not aware of any tourism commitments by other minor parties
Election Promise Comparison
|Annual Tourism Funding 2017-2021||2016 Budget||Proposed Funding||WA Labor Promise||Liberals WA Promise||Nationals Promise||Greens Promise|
|Marketing & Events||$81M||$100M||$87M||-||$106M*||$101|
|Regional Tourism Development||n/a||$100M||-||-||$50M*||$5M|
|National Park Visitor Facilities||n/a||$5M||-||-||-||-|
- Funding figures are the average annual funding over the four financial years 2017-2021 of the next term of government.
- Marketing and Events includes funding for Leisure Tourism, Major & Business Events, International Education and Aviation Development.
- Destination Development includes funding for Visitor Centres and Aboriginal Tourism but does not include one-off Caravan & Camping Action Plan Funding due to end in 2017-18.