The Australian tourism industry is providing more jobs than any other sector. A recent study reveals that Tourism will overtake mining and construction as one of the biggest employers in West Australia (WA).
The annual “report card” compiled by Tourism Research Australia showed tourism jobs in WA grew 11.25 per cent to 89,000 in the past financial year, the biggest increase of any State.
Tourism accounts for 7 per cent of all jobs in the State, just behind mining with 8 per cent, construction 10 per cent and health care and social assistance, the top employer with 11 per cent.
Tourism Council chief executive Evan Hall said tourism would become more important to the WA economy as the resources boom slowed.
“The trend is for tourism jobs to grow as mining jobs decline,” he said. “With the lower Australian dollar, cheaper hotel rates and more flights to Perth, WA can win back the leisure tourists we lost over the last few years.”
Mr. Hall said in all other States tourism employed more people than mining.
“Tourism would create more jobs than mining in WA, too, if it got the same backing from government,” he said. “Over the next few years, tourism can replace the lost mining jobs, so long as WA doesn’t keep putting all its eggs in the resources basket.”
Owen Williams, director of Segway Tours WA, said it was time for WA’s tourism industry to blossom.
Mr. Williams, who expects to start Segway tours of Perth city next month, said there was big demand for innovative tourism businesses.
“With the devaluation of the Australian dollar, mining slowing and increased interest from the Chinese market, I think this demand for new tourism experiences will only go up,” he said.