Perth booms but WA regions in peril

Perth booms but WA regions in peril
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Hotels in Perth and mining centres continue to thrive in Western Australia while the South West of the state remains in peril.

Latest figures show occupancy in Perth CBD and Geraldton at 86% and 83.4% respectively while in the South West more than half the rooms are empty with occupancy sitting at just 45.3%.

Occupancy across regional WA as a whole was 62%.

The figures, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for the September quarter, further illustrates the gulf between mining and city centre areas and regional tourism centres.

Tourism Council WA said the government is relying on the mining boom and under investing in tourism.

"WA has the second lowest level of funding for tourism promotions of any state," chief executive Evan Hall said. "As a result hotels are booming in Perth and mining towns from business travel, while regional tourist towns are struggling.

"There's more to our economy than digging holes in the ground and it's time for the government to make tourism and events a state priority."

ABS figures show Broome occupancy at 79%, Exmouth 66%, Margaret River 54%, Esperance 51%, Derby, West Kimberley 46%, Busselton 44% and Augusta 28%.

Australian Hotels Association (AHA) WA chief executive Bradley Woods said measures are being taken to drive tourism.

"Initiatives by the State Government, including a new regional marketing campaign to generate tourism in regional Western Australia should result in a boost for those tourism regions who are currently doing it tough," he said.

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