The South West of WA has seen a spike in visitation with an extra 373,000 people visiting the region during the year ending March 2019.
The 13 per cent rise on the previous year was welcomed by tourism leaders, with the Bunbury Geographe area benefiting the most recording a 30.1 per cent increase in international visitors.
“I am extremely excited to see positive growth in the BunGeo visitor economy,” Bunbury Geographe Tourism Partnership tourism marketing and development manager Anissa Williams told the South Western Times
“With the establishment of the Bunbury Geographe Tourism Partnership in 2017, the region finally has a body to work with Australia’s South West to grow interstate and international visitation.”
Williams said a number of projects and initiatives were in the pipeline to try and increase both visitation and spending in the region.
“Over the past two years, we have focused on developing stunning imagery, footage, itineraries and other assets to provide Australia’s South West with the tools to sell our region,” she said.
Australian Hotels Association WA chief executive Bradley Woods said WA as a whole had secured a record number of visitors.
“This is good news for WA’s accommodation, tourism and hospitality industry and follows the recent international visitation data which showed a record number of visitors coming to WA for a holiday,” he said.