Visitors have continued to flock to Rottnest Island, with record numbers of tourists to the WA attraction in the past year.
In 2018, 769,000 people visited Rottnest in 2018 arrived by ferry, boat or aircraft for the year, resulting in a 15 per cent increase on visitor numbers in 2017.
“The McGowan Government’s drive to diversify the recreational offerings and approve developments on Rottnest has led to the island’s biggest boom period in both visitors and in new investments,” tourism minister Paul Papalia said.
The State Government has attributed the rise in tourists to extra ferry services, marketing campaigns, celebrity visitors and quokka selfies.
It expected more tourists to visit the island, following the completion of Discovery Rottnest Island at Pinky Beach in February.
“This year will see the opening of Discovery Rottnest Island, which will provide an eco-friendly and unique accomodation option, while construction on the Hotel Rottnest will significantly increase accomodation options,” Mr Papalia said.
He also added that he did not believe the Rottnest Island jetty collapse in October had an impact to visitor numbers.
“No, I don’t think so,” he said.
“Pretty clearly it has not had an impact.”
Thursday’s figures came as a new report into tourism nationally revealed on Wednesday holiday makers were spending $113.4 billion in the country in the year to September.
It contrasted international tourism in WA with the state’s international visitation struggling at 0.6 per cent in the year ending September 2018 and total international visitor spend falling by 6.8 per cent at $166 million.
Meanwhile, interstate tourism thrived with an 8.8 per cent rise in visitors to WA to 1.5 million people and a 7.8 per cent increase in spending by interstate tourists to $1.56 billion.