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Firstly a message from our Chairman of the Board of
Commissioners, Nathan Harding
“Tourism WA stands in solidarity with the industry to face any challenges that come our way and we remain poised to act quickly to get the best outcomes for the industry. We appreciate the evolving nature of the coronavirus is impacting tourism operators and our thoughts also extend to our Chinese partners at this difficult time. Tourism WA will continue to support the industry and is working with Tourism Australia to take every opportunity to promote Western Australia as a travel destination both domestically and internationally.”
Nathan Harding Chairman
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Government of Western Australia Department of the Premier and Cabinet
Hon. Paul Papalia CSC MLA Minister for Tourism
MEDIA STATEMENT Friday, 31 January 2020 Multimillion-dollar marketing boost to holiday in WA and support tourism industry
• State Government, through Tourism WA, to inject $2.85 million in funding to support
tourism industry and local jobs • Focus on marketing Western Australia to interstate markets • Marketing to complement and leverage Tourism Australia’s Holiday Here This Year
The State Government, through Tourism Western Australia, is injecting $2.85 million of new money to support the local tourism industry in the wake of the devastating east coast bushfires and potential impacts on travel plans following the coronavirus outbreak.
The funding is planned to focus on attracting interstate visitors to Western Australia in the coming months through co-operative marketing deals and partnerships with airlines, travel agents, hotels and other trade partners. Tourism WA will collaborate with the State’s Regional Tourism Organisations to encourage locals to holiday at home. The agency will also work with the Perth Convention Bureau to attract last minute business events and conferences to Perth. Taking a road trip to discover the State will also be highlighted, which will include working with automobile clubs to entice members to take a caravanning or camping trip in WA. This activity will complement the $12 million international marketing boost, which doubled the State’s spend in our 10 key tourist markets, to promote holidaying in WA to overseas visitors. The agency will also work closely with Tourism Australia to ensure the proposed marketing activity leverages the Western Australian element of the national Holiday Here This Year campaign. Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia: “We are taking a proactive approach to position ourselves to make the most of Tourism Australia’s campaign and encourage domestic visitors to holiday in our State sooner rather than later and get behind the tourism industry and support local jobs. “My thoughts are with everyone affected by the recent bushfires and the coronavirus and although the impact of these recent challenges on tourism in WA is not yet known, announcing this funding is an important step towards ensuring we are on the front foot and supporting the tourism industry as early as possible. “Our tourism industry has experienced unprecedented growth over the last year, but with the current uncertainty we want to do everything possible to mitigate any potential impacts.
“Western Australia offers visitors a range of experiences, and this new domestic marketing boost will ensure we entice interstate visitors to holiday in the State, whether it’s exploring our regional areas on a road trip or experiencing the buzz of our vibrant city.
“The $2.85 million domestic marketing boost, to be spent in the coming months, will enhance Tourism WA’s existing work to attract visitors to our State - including the recent $12 million international marketing boost which doubled the State Government spend in our 10 key tourist markets.”
Media contact: Ross Verne 0437 429 485
Chief Medical Officer
Dear hotel and tourism operators,
As you will be aware, we have updated medical advice regarding the novel coronavirus infection (2019-nCoV).
I am sure that this has caused some concern amongst your industry and I am writing to provide some early advice and guidance.
It is most important to note that the experts still believe this virus is, in the great majority of cases, only passed on to others from people who are unwell with symptoms of infection. There is very limited information to suggest that occasionally people may have spread the virus late in the incubation period in the days before they become unwell or develop an infection without obvious symptoms.
While we are assessing this new data, out of an abundance of caution, we are recommending that well people, who might be incubating the virus, avoid public spaces and isolate themselves in their home or, in the case of tourists, in their hotel rooms. As an added precaution, we are suggesting that this isolation should be for 14 days, although we believe that the average incubation period before symptoms develop is likely to be closer to one week.
This recommendation applies to anyone who has been a close contact with a confirmed case of the virus or has left the Hubei province of China less than 14 days ago. Given that China effectively locked down Hubei province a week ago, most people from there will already have been here a week.
Clearly if you have one of these guests in your property, there will be concerns expressed by the staff. I would like to reassure you and your staff that we still believe that these people are unlikely to be infectious if they are well. If they become unwell, they must seek medical attention, after first phoning ahead to the hospital or doctor to get advice. Staff should avoid contact with any one of these guests who becomes unwell and seek the appropriate medical advice.
Most, if not all, of these guests will be well and, as indicated above, we believe (on current evidence) most unlikely to be infectious. Given our precautionary approach, however, we make the following recommendations for staff in relation to well people during this isolation period: 1. Staff should avoid close contact with these guests but it is safe to be in the same room (at a
distance) without protective gear when delivering food, which we recommend that the guests have in their room.
2. Cleaning staff should also avoid close contact. They should wear gloves and use alcohol hand rub before and after wearing gloves. As an added precaution your cleaning staff may wish to wear a surgical mask while cleaning the room.
3. Please reinforce to staff that we believe these people are very unlikely to transmit or develop infection if they have remained well.
Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence against most viruses. Please also encourage all staff to: 1. wash their hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after
attending the toilet 2. avoid contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate
contact) 3. cough and sneeze into their elbow.
If staff become concerned about guests not following health advice, they should contact their state or territory public health authority on the below numbers:
• ACT call 02 5124 9213 during business hours or (02) 9962 4155 after hours
• NSW call 1300 066 055
• NT call 08 8922 8044 • Qld call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
• SA call 1300 232 272
• Tas call 1800 671 738
• Vic call 1300 651 160 • WA visit https://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/ or call your local public health unit
The Australian health system is very well prepared to manage a situation such as this and I appreciate your ongoing support and direct contribution to the collective response.
Further information on this emerging situation including a factsheet for the general public or your customers can be found on www.health.gov.au.
Thank you so much for your help.
Professor Brendan Murphy Chief Medical Officer 30 January 2020
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