THE WA Tourism Council’s been urging people to “Holiday in WA”, but Perth Labor MP John Carey is imploring travellers to go even more local and support city tourism too.
Two city tourism operators recently received state government “tourism business survival grants” aimed at keeping them going during a season without international or interstate tourists. Walking tourers Two Feet & a Heartbeat were funded for $25,000 and bike rickshaw riders Peddle Perth got $15,000, and the peddlers are looking at expanding into Fremantle.
Mr Carey says “they’re both young companies that got hit hard, but now have adapted by catering to locals.
“I would just encourage all locals: If you’re getting that $600 credit [the electricity rebate] and you can afford it, see your city in a new way, whether it’s a small bar tour, Christmas light tours or walking the laneways.”