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WA Big Winner in Backpacker Tax Reversal
The Commonwealth Government’s announcement today that it will reduce the tax on Working Holiday Makers from 32.5c to 19c, along with other visa changes, has been welcomed as a win for WA’s hospitality and accommodation sector. Click here to read more

WA Venues Win National Hospitality Awards
A young WA venue manager and two outstanding WA businesses were recognised at the 2016 Australian Hotels Association (AHA) National Awards for Excellence held on the Gold Coast on Monday night Click here to read more

WA Tourism Boost - Local and Interstate
The number of Australians choosing to travel to WA for holiday and business is on the rise, and West Australians are making up the majority of overnight stays. Click here to read more

AHA Slams ACCC Agreement with Online Travel Giants
The ACCC announcement today that it has reached an agreement with global online travel agencies, including Booking.com and Expedia, will result in consumers being denied transparency and access to the best possible priced hotel rooms in Australia. Click here to read more

Tourism Autralia Must Focus on WA
The latest international visitor data shows spending in Australia for the past year grew by 14.2% on average, but in Western Australia it declined by -0.2%, prompting calls for a major re-evaluation of how Tourism Australia includes WA in its international marketing. Click here to read more

South West Film Festival Funding Secured
As the CinefestOZ 2016 Film Festival is underway in WA’s South West, the AHA(WA) welcomes the news that the WA Government has secured a new deal to continue its support of the event for another two years. Click here to read more

Winners of WA Accommodation Awards for Excellence 2016
On Monday evening Western Australia’s most outstanding accommodation hotels and resorts were acknowledged at the AHA Accommodation Awards for Excellence, held at Crown Perth. Click here to read more

Tall Timbers, Manjimup Has Wa's Best Country Steak Sandwich
The Australian Hotels Association (WA) has announced Tall Timbers, of Manjimup, as the winner of the AHA's Best Country WA Steak Sandwich for 2016. Click here to read more

Perth’s Best Steak Sandwich The Harbour Master - Freo
The Australian Hotels Association (WA) has announced The Harbour Master (Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – By Rydges) as the winner of the AHA's Best Perth Steak Sandwich for 2016. Click here to read more

WA’S Winning Hospitality Business Suppliers
The winners of the Australian Hotels Association WA Hospitality Supplier Awards have been announced. Click here to read more

AHA Welcomes WA Government Commitment to New Tourism Marketing $$$
Australian Hotels Association (WA) CEO Bradley Woods has welcomed the announcement by the WA Government that the 2016/17 state budget will deliver an extra $30 Million for Tourism marketing and promotion Click here to read more

Kerfuffle to Drive Tourists Further South
The Australian Hotels Association (WA) has welcomed the State Government’s announcement of a three-year deal to sponsor Manjimup’s Truffle Kerfuffle Southern Food Festival. Click here to read more

Western Australia's Best Steak Sandwich Finalists Announced
The public has spoken and the finalists for the “AHA WA’s Best Steak Sandwich” competition have been announced! Click here to read more

Tourism WA Premier Portfolio
The Australian Hotels Association (WA) and Tourism Accommodation Australia have both strongly welcomed the announcement today that West Australian Premier Colin Barnett will be the state’s new Tourism Minister. Click here to read more

The Australian Hotels Association (WA) hunt for Western Australia’s Best Steak Sandwich is on again in 2016. Over 60 venues are competing to gain the public’s vote, and win the prestigious title. Click here to read more

Pub win blows smoke rings on health lobby
“The AHA(WA) has welcomed the Health Minister’s direction to the Health Department to withdraw their orders for J.B. O’Reilly’s to remove their tobacco memorabilia.” Click here to read more

Un-FARE Attack on Alcohol Industry Baseless
FARE's latest report "Risky Business" that claims the alcohol industry is dependent on risky drinking, appears to be based on a non-scientific magazine article in a trade publication from 2014. Click here to read more


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