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Tourism sector of WA is focus of importance for Mark McGowan

West Australian (WA) leader of the opposition Mark McGowan will be focusing his speech on the tourism sector and how it will help provide jobs for the state when he is in Albany next week (beginning 25th April).

Mr McGowan will be attending the Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry breakfast at the Princess Royal Sailing Club on 26th April, and it is here that he intends to speak about how he will work to bring jobs to WA's tourism industry, reports The West Australian.

Giving his thoughts ahead of the breakfast, he said: "We need to unlock the potential of areas like Albany and do a better job of selling it to the rest of the world. It's a beautiful part of our state whose tourist potential has yet to be realised."

His plan for jobs and the sector in general involves a $425 million (£231 million) investment into state tourism, which will be rolled out over five years.

This investment will also see that destination marketing will be taken care of, as it will be given a $45 million annual budget. It's with this injection of money that McGowan hopes to make Albany and WA one of the most popular places to visit in the world.

He added: "It will provide the industry with certainty going forward, attract thousands of extra visitors and create new jobs, particularly in the local hospitality sector."

It's hard to disagree with him, as the tourism sector in Albany has long-since been looking for investment, and this would be a great opportunity to build and develop the industry.

Most of the focus of tourism would be placed on the local cruise ship industry, which is already popular with those who are neighbouring the area.

McGowan hopes to create destination options next to the cruise ports, helping to increase the amount that visitors spend when they come off the ship.

Not only this, but he believes that it will encourage a lot of small businesses to open and therefore create a host of new job opportunities.

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