Tourism and hospitality
Perth – tourism central
Perth has transformed in recent years through an unprecedented period of tourism investment. This has delivered world-class infrastructure including Perth Arena, Elizabeth Quay, the newly-opened Yagan Square and Optus Stadium. In the not-too-distant future, the New Museum for WA will add to the city’s attractiveness and unique offering.
The private sector has responded to this government-led investment. Since 2012, 1,485 new hotel rooms have been built in Perth with a further 1,409 under construction significantly expanding the city’s tourism capacity. World class hotels currently under construction include the QT, DoubleTree by Hilton and the Ritz-Carlton, which will continue to ensure quality and affordable accommodation within the central city.
Perth's food and beverage scene continues to grow to service this new demand, with restaurants and small bars establishing themselves throughout the city’s streets, rooftops, basements and laneways.
Getting to Perth has never been easier with direct flights to and from London which began in March 2018 set to reshape the role Perth plays in global passenger movements. Perth Airport, the State government, industry and tourism groups have been working together to secure direct flights to Tokyo and Shanghai. 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 then connect directly with the central city, with the 18-minute journey set to open in 2020.