Tourism is critical to Australia’s economic future and has been identified as one of five industries expected to grow faster than global GDP over the next 10 to 20 years.  It is a major contributor to the Perth and Western Australian economy, having a positive impact on many areas such as transport, accommodation, retail, food and beverage, tours & experiences.

The economic development team facilitates the City’s engagement with the tourism industry by maintaining representation at key industry events and liaising regularly with Perth’s peak tourism bodies and businesses.

Fast facts

  • Perth has been internationally recognized for its high quality of living and has been consistently listed as one of the world’s top ten most livable cities since 2004
  • Tourism creates 97,000 jobs in Western Australia and is worth $10 billion to the state’s economy, of which $2.4 billion comes from international visitor spending (Y/E August 2016).
  • The top three countries visiting WA are the United Kingdom, Singapore and Malaysia (Y/E August 2016).
  • The State Government’s goal is to attract 100,000 Chinese visitors by 2020 in order to contribute more than $500 million to the local economy.

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