Thousands of United Voice members in tourism-related fields like hospitality and retail will benefit from a $425 million investment in the tourism industry if a McGowan Labor Government is elected in March.
Mr McGowan understands the return on taxpayer funding for tourism is high, and the investment will secure jobs, promote the state, and boost the economy.
Alternatively the Barnett Government’s plan for tourism only focuses on the short term, and offers no job security or certainty.
WA Labor’s Plan for Jobs in tourism will roll out over five years, and focus on long-term investment. You can read the plan here.
This boost to the economy will not only help to bring about more jobs for United Voice members in hospitality, retail and other tourism related industries, but also help to establish Western Australia as a prime location for domestic and overseas tourists.
United Voice member Necitas Mol, who works at a prominent hotel in Perth, says that it’s not just an investment in jobs, but an investment in WA.
“It’s an investment in our economy. Domestic and international visitors spend an average of $36.7 million across Western Australia every day.”
The Barnett Government’s contribution to tourism has been in decline over the last eight years, and Western Australia is way behind other states in terms of tourism funding.
Labor’s decision to prioritise tourism if elected will create more than 97,000 jobs in Western Australia.
United Voice Secretary Carolyn Smith said at the State Election on March 11 people have a clear choice.
““Mr Barnett has no plan for jobs, unlike Mark McGowan’s and Labor’s jobs plan,” she said.
In November, Mr Barnett said if re-elected he would cut Sunday penalty rates for hospitality, tourism and retail workers.