The Australian Hotels Association (WA) has welcomed today’s announcement by the WA Government of a $36.6 million increase in investment in the state’s tourism industry including boosts to event funding and workforce development, but will continue to lobby for payroll tax relief.

The news, delivered as part of the 2024-25 State Budget, will increase the existing Major Events Fund by $25 million over the next four years and create a new Metro Events program worth $3.6 million designed to draw in locals and visitors from outside WA.

AHA (WA) CEO Bradley Woods said: “This new funding will play a significant role in boosting the reputation of WA as an events destination, bringing new visitors to the state and driving economic growth for our hotel and hospitality industry.

“This is a welcome development for the industry and the broader community, and we look forward to seeing visitor numbers increase along with new opportunities to showcase our world-class hospitality venues and to promote WA beyond our borders.”

The Australian Hotels Association (WA) also welcomes the additional $4.9 million funding to continue the work of the Tourism Workforce Development Program, an initiative aimed at enhancing and supporting the workforce within the tourism industry.

Mr Woods said: “Our hospitality sector relies on workers to deliver excellent customer experiences, so it’s crucial we can continue to attract quality candidates to the sector and empower them to pursue it as a fulfilling and rewarding career of choice.

“This funding will ensure that we can grow a skilled and knowledgeable workforce capable of delivering services and experiences that will contribute to the growth and sustainability of the tourism industry.”

The Australian Hotels Association (WA) commends the WA Government on continuing to make significant investment in the state’s tourism and hospitality sector.

Further information: Kim Forrester 0411 777 593

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