Tourism

There has never been a more exciting time for tourism in Perth, with unprecedented investment in tourist attractions like Yagan Square, Elizabeth Quay, Optus Stadium and the forthcoming Western Australian Museum.
Kings Park
Mike McKenna CEO, Optus Stadium

Perth to host major tourism events in 2019

Did you know that Perth will host three major Tourism Australia events in 2019, providing the opportunity to showcase Perth and Western Australia to the world?

Perth has been fortunate enough to win the following tourism events in 2019:


Australian Tourism Exchange 2019 (ATE19)
Corrobboree West
Dreamtime 2019

To accommodate the expected growth in tourism, 31 new or redeveloped hotels have opened in the last five years, including the luxury COMO, the hip QT and a Westin.

NEW YORK TIMES
Kevin Brown CEO, Perth Airport

Why Perth?

One of Australia’s most exciting places to visit

Perth has become one of Australia’s most exciting places to visit due to recent, unprecedented levels of public and private investment in the city. This investment has transformed Perth in recent years, with such developments as Elizabeth Quay, Yagan Square, Perth City Link, Hibernian Place, Raine Square and Optus Stadium leading the charge. In the not-too-distant future, the new Western Australian Museum will add to the city’s attractiveness and unique offering.


Accommodation sees growth too

Since 2012, over 2,000 new hotel rooms have been completed in the city with a further 2,000 under construction such as the DoubleTree by Hilton and the Ritz-Carlton, which will continue to ensure quality and affordable accommodation within the central city.


More to eat and drink in Perth

Perth's food and beverage scene continues to grow to service new demand, with restaurants and small bars establishing themselves throughout the city’s streets, rooftops, basements and laneways. Liquor licencing reform in 2007 has been the force behind an incredible rise of small bars within the CBD; there are well over 100 bars within the city centre to rotate between.


Improved Connectivity

Getting to Perth has never been easier with direct flights to and from London which began in March 2018 and direct flights between Perth and Tokyo set for September 2019. Perth Airport has already invested $1 billion in its first wave of redevelopment with a further $2.5 billion of investment planned for a new runway, a major expansion of the international terminal, and the move of Qantas to the Central Airport Precinct. The under-construction $1.86 billion Forrestfield-Airport rail link will connect directly with the central city, with the 18-minute journey set to commence in 2021.


But don’t take our word for it; see what the New York Times and National Geographic have to say about Perth below.

Perth, on the world stage

Did you know, the New York Times rated Perth in their “52 Places to Go in 2019” list?

Coming in at number 43, the US newspaper reports that “a decade-long development boom has supercharged Perth, a city long best known for its isolation on Australia’s western coast.”


Did you know National Geographic has listed Perth in their “World’s Best Trips in 2019”, acknowledging Perth as one of the world’s most exciting destinations for the year ahead?

National Geographic has observed that “Perth’s remote location has kept the Left Coast surf-and-sun spot a bit of a best-kept secret. But new nonstop flights from London make it easier to discover Perth’s world-class beaches, nearby Swan Valley wineries, $2.6-billion Elizabeth Quay waterfront development, and urban-chic hotels such as the QT Perth, [which] opened in August.”


Did you know that Forbes has listed Perth in its Travel Guide’s 14 Top Destinations of 2019?

Forbes knows that there are exciting things happening Down Under especially with this year’s Western Australia Gourmet Escape; a 10-day culinary celebration taking place in November 2019.


Did you know that Perth’s exceptional Optus Stadium was named the 2018 Project of the Year at the world's leading stadium industry awards for stadiums around the world?

The award is the new Optus Stadium's 27th for the year, having also won local, national and international awards for tourism, architecture, catering, landscaping, design, building and construction.

Elevating Aboriginal Tourism

Did you know that the City of Perth has partnered with industry to create a cluster of Aboriginal tourism businesses within the Perth region?

The City of Perth has extended its support for the Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council (WAITOC) through financial support of an ‘export-ready’ program titled the ‘Aboriginal Tourism Export Initiative – Perth 2019’.


The 2019 initiative will build on previous Aboriginal tourism business development programs delivered by WAITOC in partnership with the City of Perth, Tourism WA and Indigenous Business Australia in 2017 and 2018.


The City of Perth’s support complements the continued growth of Aboriginal tourism in Perth city and surrounding suburbs.


Research shows there is a strong desire for more cultural tourism experiences in Perth and the City is responding by showing leadership in supporting Aboriginal tourism in the city and wider Perth metro area.

Robert Taylor CEO, WAITOC

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