Tourism Council WA: WA tourism facing its worst situation since the start of coronavirus pandemic

    Tourism Council Western Australia (WA) stated (11-Aug-2021) the WA tourism industry is facing its worst situation since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as potential visitors from across Australia are locked down. Business activity is down by 62% across the industry, the worst result since Apr-2020. Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the industry needed support from the Federal and State governments to retain the businesses that would enable WA to recover interstate tourism, and eventually international tourism. The latest National Visitor Survey reveals the WA tourism industry declined by more than half, or AUD4.3 billion (USD3.2 billion), between Mar-2020 and Mar-2021. By comparison to 2020, there are no longer Federal and State Government supports such as JobKeeper, grants and fee waivers to alleviate the associated cash flow crisis.

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