Western Australia Premier, Mark McGowan.
Western Australia Premier, Mark McGowan.

Western Australia Premier, Mark McGowan, has labelled the signing of the new Westin Margaret River as a strong vote of confidence in the strength of the region’s tourism industry.

The signing of the new 120-room Marriott International resort on the southern headland of Gnarabup Beach would boost the marketing potential of Margaret River and its associated attractions and wineries and that the move was a demonstration of long-term confidence in the state.

“While COVID-19 has had serious impacts on tourism right around the world and here in WA, this project demonstrates long-term confidence in Margaret River and Western Australia as world-class destinations,” he said.

“My Government has presided over record growth in visitor numbers and spend in recent years, and we are delighted Marriott International and the WA companies involved are committed to Western Australia.”

An rendering of the completed Westin Margaret River Resort & Spa, due to open in 2023.

Construction of the resort will see the creation of 300 jobs, with another 100 in its ongoing operation. The hotel is being designed by WA architect Christou Design Group, with WA companies Saracen Properties and Security Capital Australia carrying out the joint development of the project.

“The project will create construction jobs during the build, it will also support ongoing jobs once the resort is in operation. Having a first five-star resort in Margaret River will attract more visitors to the South-West and will boost the local economy.”

Western Australia Tourism Minister, Paul Papalia, said the announcement provided a ray of light to the state’s tourism operators that the long-term future was bright.

“Marriott is one of the world’s most prestigious hotel brands and the new luxury resort will add yet another attraction to the already world-class Margaret River region,” Papalia said.

“The McGowan Government has presided over record high tourism numbers in recent years, and we look forward to continuing to support and develop the industry to ensure it bounces back stronger than ever in coming years.”