Government to aid WA tourism industry during COVID-19 crisis

WA Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the newly formed team will listen to the concerns of the industry and provide help where they can.
WA Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the newly formed team will listen to the concerns of the industry and provide help where they can.

A special team has been set up by Tourism Western Australia to support the tourism industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Industry Support Team was developed with key industry partners and will offer support and information to WA tourism industry operators from people who understand the tourism industry.

The new team includes members of Tourism WA's stakeholder relations, public relations, markets, and destination development groups.

From next Monday, the support team will begin calling thousands of Western Australian tourism operators to check how they are coping, help them navigate the various state and federal assistance packages, and offer a friendly voice to talk through recovery ideas for when the time is right.

The conversations will allow the State Government, through Tourism WA, to be informed of existing or emerging issues that may help guide possible future support or recovery initiatives.

"We know tourism operators are doing it tough at the moment, so we want them to know we're here for them," said Tourism Minister Paul Papalia.

"The aim of this tourism Industry Support Team is to provide a friendly point of contact to industry from people who understand tourism.

"Our aim is to work closely together with tourism industry operators through this challenging time to try to ensure the recovery phase goes as well as possible."

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