First industry consortium to promote tourism as key economic driver

May 22, 2017 2:03 pm

The first of the McGowan Government’s new Industry Engagement Consortiums took place on Friday 19th May, part of the Government’s commitment to create jobs and foster economic growth in Western Australia.

The consortiums will allow industry stakeholders to provide important feedback on the McGowan Government’s key election commitments and outcomes will feed into future decision-making.

Industry Engagement Consortiums are planned in fields including tourism, Defence industries, agribusiness, international education, manufacturing, aquaculture and creative industries and mining, engineering technology and energy.

Most of the forums will be facilitated by former Rio Tinto chief executive officer Sam Walsh.

The tourism consortium will be attended by Premier Mark McGowan, Tourism Minister Paul Papalia and industry leaders, underpinning the McGowan Government’s commitment to tourism as a driver of jobs.

Mr McGowan said it was fitting tourism was first cab off the rank, with the Government committing $425 million to destination marketing and events over the next five years and elevating its importance in diversifying WA’s economy.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“As a Government, we are committed to forging strong relationships with industry to assist with carrying out key election commitments such as our Plan for Jobs.

“We want to take industry with us, so it’s important to consult with key stakeholders and work together.

“The industry consortiums will focus on industries that drive economic development and create jobs for Western Australians.”

Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:

“Tourism is a key economic driver for WA and plays a vital role in diversifying the State’s economy and creating new jobs.

“It is one of the few areas where the State Government can invest taxpayers’ dollars and get a positive economic return in business opportunities and jobs.

“In 2015-16, $50 in visitor spend was generated from every $1 of Tourism WA expenditure in cooperative marketing campaigns.

“The tourism sector already supports 97,000 jobs and we are committed to increasing that number.”

Source: Government of Western Australia Media Statement