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It’ll be the biggest gathering of world leaders ever held in Australia, the
Queen will take part in it and there won’t be a spare hotel room in sight.
Yes, CHOGM is coming to town. The biggest international event to
be held in Perth for decades, the Commonwealth Heads of Government
Meeting worldwide broadcast will showcase WA to more than 50 countries.
A host of artistic, cultural and sporting events are being held to
coincide with CHOGM, which runs from October 28-30 . One of the
biggest will be a joint exhibition by the British Museum and the West
Australian Museum. Extraordinary Stories: The Commonwealth Objects
from the British Museum will be unique to Perth and include some of the
British Museum’s most important objects. A key initiative of the cultural
program, it will run until February.
State adds $60 million
to regional tourism
Exmouth’s GAMEX game fishing competition,
Broome’s historic Shinju Matsuri Festival and
a number of country horse racing events are
to receive $60 million in funding. The cash
injection will mean Tourism WA’s annual
budget is $81.7 million, the biggest investment
in tourism by the State government.
Two-thirds of the funds will be spent on
iconic events in regional locations, attracting
visitors from around the world.
“The boost for events over the next four years
will make WA a viable player in the competitive
events industry,” says Tourism WA chief
executive Stephanie Buckland. “Event tourism
triggers intrastate, interstate and international
travel. This funding will help cement WA as one
of Australia’s great events destinations.”
Sammy the Dragon, the mascot of Broome’s Shinju
Matsuri festival (Photography Tourism WA).
The World Sailing Championships, to be held
in Fremantle from December 3-18, is expected
to attract more than 1400 international
competitors, not to mention 5000 officials
and thousands of spectators.
As the key qualification event for the sailing
at the London 2012 Olympics, the event will
be three times bigger than the 1987 America’s
The sailing will happen off Fremantle
between Bathers Bay, Challenger Harbour and
Success Harbour, and the port city will run a
cultural program alongside the competition.
On the move | The Western Australian Visitor Centre has moved.
Now on the corner of Hay and William streets in the city, the
new location means better exposure after being hidden away in
the construction work at Forrest Place.
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