Western Australia’s tourism sector is set to benefit from a AU$36.6 million investment boost as part of the 2024-25 State Budget, according to the Australian Hotels Association (WA).

The association welcomed the move by government, which will see AU$25 million invested in the Major Events Fund over the next four years and the creation of a new Metro Events program worth $3.6 million to draw in locals and visitors from outside the state.

“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,” said AHA (WA) CEO, Bradley Woods.  

“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 welcomed an additional AU$4.9 million funding to support the work of the Tourism Workforce Development Program, an initiative aimed at enhancing and supporting the workforce within the tourism industry.

“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,” Woods said.

“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.”