Tourism WA to close regional offices

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Staff numbers at Tourism WA will be drastically cut over the next two years in a major restructuring effort. Labor’s Tourism Spokeswoman Ljiljanna Ravlich told the ABC that the 159 positions currently held by Tourism WA employees will be cut to just 74. Full-time public sector workers who do not secure positions in the new structure will be deployed to other state government agencies, while others will be offered voluntary redundancy. Tourism WA offices in Broome, Port Hedland, Geraldton, Bunbury, Albany and Kalgoorlie are set to close before the end of the year. Ms. Raylich said, “If we don’t develop our tourism product then it’s very difficult to attract tourists to regional and rural areas. Tourism WA will now focus on three key operational areas to increase visitor numbers: marketing WA as a competitive tourist destination; developing, attracting and marketing major events; and supporting significant tourism infrastructure and development projects. Tourism WA’s business model will enable it to free up more than A$31 million in funding over the next four years to directly invest into marketing. The government will also provide additional funding of A$12.4 million over three years to Tourism WA, however the funding will not reach regional visitors centres. Tourism Minister Liz Constable says a portion of the funding will be re-allocated to improving cooperation between Government departments.”They will get far more support if we work across government, not just work within our own agency,” she said. The Chairman of Albany’s Tourism and Marketing Committee, Denis Wellington, says he will be writing to the Government to try and save the city’s Tourism WA office.”Obviously they’ve got some budgetary restraints but we would like to maintain the presence of the Tourism Commission because it’s important to our overall tourism product,” he said. <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img

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