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TAA lauds government investment into Rottnest

Rottnest Island’s famous Quokkas are known to be camera-friendly.

Hotels and hospitality venues across the state are in line to benefit from a multimillion investment into Rottnest Island – one of Western Australia’s most prominent attractions – according to Tourism Accommodation Australia Acting CEO, Bradley Woods.

The combined $33 million investment from the WA and Federal government into the island will help to draw greater numbers of visitors from domestic and international source markets, Woods added. The island currently draws more than 770,000 visitors annually, according to full-year figures from 2018.

The investment will see the island’s museum, walking tracks, jetties and wharves upgraded, with the co-contribution from the federal government coming as part of its budgeted National Tourism Icons package.

Woods said Rottnest Island was known around the world as a picturesque and laid-back destination famous for its camera-friendly quokkas.

“The island acts as an exceptional advertisement for WA and its profile has received a massive boost in recent years with the help of global stars such as Roger Federer, Chris Hemsworth and Margot Robbie, who have encouraged their millions of followers to visit the state.

“Those coming to WA to visit Rottnest Island also spend their time in Perth and many other parts of the state, spending in hotels and hospitality venues throughout WA,” he added.

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