The State Government kicks off a range of industry engagement consortiums to boost tourism activities, hoping to creating more local jobs.
The consortium will allow industry key stakeholders to provide valuable feedback on the Labor Government’s election promises, resulting better outcomes and decision makings.
Industries such as tourism, defence, agribusiness, international education, manufacturing, aquaculture, creative industries, mining, engineering technology and energy will take part in the engagement process.
Former Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh have been appointed as the facilitator of the forums.
WA Premier Mark McGowan was accompanied by Tourism Minister Paul Papalia to make the announcement this morning.
Mr McGowan and Mr Papalia have attended the first meeting as a show of commitment to the tourism industry.
“As a Government, we are committed to forging strong relationship with industry to assist with carrying out key election commitment such as our Plan For Jobs,” Mr McGowan said.
“We want to take industry with us, so it’s important to consult with key stakeholders and work together.”
“The industry consortiums will focus on industries that drive economic development and crate jobs for Western Australia.”
On the same token, Tourism Minister Paul Papalia acknowledges that tourism creates positive economic return for WA in terms of businesses and jobs.
He says that the tourism industry supports 97,000 jobs and the government is seeking to increase the figure.
“Tourism is a key economic driver for WA and plays a vital role in diversifying the State’s economy and creating new jobs,” Mr Papalia said.