The WA Government will inject $10 million to support the state’s tourism sector following the widespread disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
The support package includes $8 million for discounted regional airfares and increased marketing and is on top of $2.85 million announced in January.
“This is designed to get tourists into Western Australia, considering the terrible effect of the coronavirus of industry in our state,” said Premier Mark McGowan.
“The tourism industry across Australia is suffering.”
Tourism Council WA chief executive Evan Hall said the additional funding would help soften the impact of cancellations stemming from the travel ban out of China.
“So far 78 per cent of respondents have experienced some impact on their business from the coronavirus travel restrictions,” he said.
“This additional funding will help to attract replacement visitors for those businesses facing cancellations.”