Election Promises

State funding for tourism marketing and events creates jobs by attracting more visitors and tourism dollars to WA. For every additional $1 million invested in state tourism marketing, WA receives $22 million tourism dollars which creates 240 new jobs.

Current State funding is $81 million increasing to $91 million next year, but estimated to decline to $55 million. This would result in less tourism dollars and jobs.

Election Commitments Graph 2

Major Party Promises

WA Labor

WA Labor have committed to consistent annual marketing and events funding of $87 million per year including additional funding for international education. Tourism Council WA estimates this commitment would create an additional 2,300 jobs in WA. Click here for more information on WA Labor tourism commitments.

Liberals WA

Liberals WA have not yet announced election commitments for any funding in addition to the current State Budget. Click here for more information on Liberals WA commitments.


Minor Party Promises

The Nationals

The Nationals have committed to increase annual marketing and events funding by $25 million p.a. to consistent funding of $106 million p.a. However this commitment is dependent on the the Nationals proposed increase in the special lease rental from 25c to $5/tonne. Tourism Council WA estimates this commitment would create an additional 5,300 jobs in WA. Click here for more information on the Nationals tourism commitments.

The Greens

The Greens have committed to increase annual marketing and events funding by $20 million p.a. to consistent funding of $101 million pa. Tourism Council WA estimates this commitment will create an additional 4,100. Click here for more information on the Greens tourism commitments.

Other Parties

Tourism Council WA is not aware of any tourism commitments by other minor parties


Election Promise Comparison

Annual Tourism Funding 2017-2021 2016 Budget Proposed Funding WA Labor Promise Liberals WA Promise Nationals Promise Greens Promise
Marketing & Events $81M $100M $87M ? $106M* $101
Destination Development $8M $11M ? ? $25M* ?
Regional Tourism Development n/a $100M ? ? $50M* $5M
National Park Visitor Facilities n/a $5M ? ? ? ?
*Nationals promise depends on revenue from their proposed mining tax.

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