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July 5, 2019

Go Wild In Western Australia

Australia’s vast distances from west to east coasts, typically means most visitors to the country prioritise the east coast for their travels, aspiring for the touristic photos with either the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Great Ocean Road or the Great Barrier Reef. Ironically, none of these iconic landmarks were named the number one place to visit, but Margaret River – a town in the south-west of the wildflower state took the trophy. The badge of honour was awarded as the best place to visit in the Asia-pacific for 2019 by travel authority, Lonely Planet – trumping other idyllic places in New Zealand and Singapore.

It marks the first time an Australian tourism spot has taken the top award in fifteen years and according to Tourism WA, in the year ending December 2018, Margaret River alone had 1,690,800 visitors – an increase of 8.9 per cent on the previous year.

The New Sporting Capital

This accolade brings Western Australia even more into the spotlight.

Perth has recently taken the sporting capital crown from Melbourne (the original sporting capital) after hosting impressive crowd-pleasing events including the recent 2nd game of the State of Origin which attracted 15,000 interstate visitors. Other blockbuster slate of fixtures includes the English soccer giants Manchester United and Leeds United heading to Optus Stadium next month, followed by Perth’s first Bledisloe Cup match between the Wallabies and All Blacks in August. These are all on top of the weekly AFL fixtures. Heading into summer, the Fed Cup and ATP World Cup will bring the world’s best tennis stars to Perth as well as the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.

The McGowan government will continue to seek out these world class events with recently expressing interest to bid for Australia to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup as well as potentially steal the NRL grand final from the east coast in 2021. As interstate visitors are spending an average $1006 for every trip and international tourists splashing out $2280 each visit, these events will result in a healthy injection of tourism into the local economy and will mark 2019 as the biggest year on record in sport for WA.

Local Tourism At Its Finest

Perth, Margaret River and their surrounding cities have received some serious praise in the past months, with over 900 media mentions across broadcast, online and print in the past month alone. With the cities hosting events such as Gourmet Escape in Margaret river, Truffle Kerfuffle, Jazz by the Bay in Dunsborough, the Drop Music Festival in Busselton and the Margaret River Pro to name a few, it is easy to understand the reasons why people from all over Australia and the world are taking time out to visit. Local hoteliers and Perth based tourism providers are also taking advantage of the increased exposure to WA tourism as their businesses thrive.

Perception And Reputation

Interestingly, the reputation and perception of Perth has also been a talking point in recent months with discussions around the quality of Perth for a place to live, work, visit, study and/or invest. These conversations have been particularly apparently across online channels with 67 per cent of media mentions occurring from 1st April through to 30th June 2019. Mentions across press were a distant 2nd with 30 per cent during this period. Despite there being largely positive views of Perth held by those who live outside WA, the Committee for Perth states Perth residents are slow to recommend the city to outsiders.

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