Tourism and workforce training are two major beneficiaries of the WA State Budget, with substantial additional investments being made to boost visitation to the state complemented with extra incentives for employers to engage apprentices and trainees.
The Australian Hotels Association (WA) commends the McGowan Government’s ongoing commitment to the Tourism Two-Year Action Plan which is delivering results for WA tourism and welcomes the additional $12 million for international destination marketing and $10 million for international aviation development to secure more direct flights to Perth.
AHA(WA) CEO Bradley Woods said “WA’s hotels and hospitality businesses would receive long term benefits from today’s budget.”
“The $182.4 million investment for a new Employer Incentive Scheme will greatly assist employers to engage more apprentices and trainees, which are critically important for the state’s hotels and hospitality workforce,” Mr Woods said.
“Today’s budget shows the state’s finances are heading in the right direction with a strengthening fiscal position, government debt being reigned in and cost of living increases being kept to a minimum.”
“For the tourism and hospitality industry, the budget contains some very welcome measures including a significant investment in international destination marketing and additional funds to secure more direct flights into Perth.”
“The recent visitation data has WA moving in the right direction and so it is pleasing to see the necessary investments being made to ensure this momentum continues.”
“Providing additional incentives to employers to take on more apprentices and trainees will greatly assist businesses to offset the costs of engaging WA’s future workforce and this will be warmly welcomed by the hotel and hospitality industry.”