Domestic tourism spending in WA slashed by half

Domestic tourism spending in Western Australia has halved in the 12 months to June 2020 despite only a 15 per cent fall in the number of domestic visitors.

Domestic WA tourism spending fell by $353 million (49 per cent) over the year, according to Tourism Research Australia’s latest National Visitor Survey results.

The survey shows average domestic visitor spend has declined from $764 per trip to $456, due to the loss of interstate visitors who spend more on hotels, tours, experiences, and transport. However, WA intrastate visitors were also spending about $218 less per trip.

Perth was the hardest hit with domestic visitor dollars down 78 per cent, while regional WA fell 30 per cent.

“Perth businesses and staff are bearing the brunt of the domestic tourism downturn,” Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said.

“Perth event venues, CBD hotels, coach operators and the airport are facing the greatest financial hardship.

“Accommodation and hospitality are booming in many regional areas, but businesses are hamstrung by the lack of workers travelling to regional WA to meet the surge.

“Across WA, tours and experiences are badly impacted by the loss of big spending interstate tourists. Tourism Council WA strongly supports the State Government’s investment in marketing campaigns to encourage locals to work in the regions, take a CBD hotel staycation, and support local tourism operators.

“These are the best measures to sustain local tourism businesses and jobs until border restrictions can be eased and interstate visitors can return.”