Increased Tourism

Well maintained, publicised and interpreted heritage sites significantly increased tourism to an area:

  • Studies have shown that a high proportion of foreign tourists cite historic significance as an important factor in choosing a destination.
  • According to the World Tourism Organisation, cultural tourism accounts for 37 per cent of world travel and this is growing at the rate of 15 per cent a year.
  • In Western Australia, the cultural industry sector contributes $983 million a year to the State’s economy.
  • Research has shown an increase in demand for quality interpretation of the natural, social and heritage features of places visited.
  • Retaining inner city cultural heritage and interpreting it will continue to strengthen Perth’s growing tourism and cultural life.

Click here to download a copy of the Curtin University study, ‘Economic Benefit of Tourism in the City of Perth