Tourist areas “falling behind” mining towns

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A new survey of tourist accommodation shows rooms in some mining communities are close to full while regional tourist towns are suffering.

According to the ABS Survey of Tourist Accommodation for the September quarter occupancy rates in WA’s northwest were at record levels.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the data showed tourism regions were “falling behind” regions connected to the mining industry.

“Resource centres like the shire of Roebourne are full at 93% hotel occupancy, while tourist towns like Busselton are struggling at just 41%,” he said.

Australian Hotels Association WA chief Bradley Woods said the data showed that tourism centres required more attention and financial support from the State Government.

He said an extra $27 million needed to be spent to market WA destinations to east coast and international travellers.

WA Tourism Minister Kim Hames told The West Australian the Government was already acting to address accommodation issues in WA.

He said the Government had announced incentives for hotel development in WA and the move had attracted the interest of several developers.

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