The City of Kalamunda has been announced as a finalist in the 2018 Western Australian (WA) Tourism Awards. Recognised for Excellence in Local Government Tourism, the City is credited for its Experience Perth Hills campaign, which shines a light on one of Perth’s hidden gems - the Hills.
Mayor John Giardina said, “Promoting our beautiful Perth Hills region has been a key focus for the City and we’re so pleased to be recognised for our work in this area.”
“We’re also in the process of developing our inaugural tourism strategy and we are excited for what’s to come.”
Running for more than 45 years, the Awards recognise excellence within the tourism industry and draw submissions from some of the most popular tourist destinations across the state. The City of Kalamunda will battle it out against category finalist, Shire of Northam, for the prestigious title, which will be announced at the Gala Dinner later this year.
The City’s growing tourism platform places them in good stead to take out the prize. The City owns and operates the ‘Experience Perth Hills’ brand, the Perth Hills Visitor Centre and several key attractions. They’ve also announced a new partnership with neighbouring local governments to expand use of the brand and increase visitation throughout the whole region.
Mayor John Giardina said the focus is all about the customer experience, which would be improved through an integrated approach.
“This innovative advance in the regional management of tourism marketing allows us to step outside of our local government boundary and explore the possibilities open to our visitors throughout the Perth Hills. Our visitors have no boundaries so neither should we,” he said.
Over 295,000 visitors a year make the trip ‘up to the hills’ to experience the breadth and depth of experience available just 30 minutes from Perth CBD. The growing food and wine scene, agritourism and town centre activation through events continues to enhance the value offered to visitors and locals alike.
The region has a strong tourism history, and was a popular spot for guest houses and as early as the 1900’s.
Find out what's on offer in the Perth Hills
Perth Hills Visitor Centre
Telephone: 9257 9998
Address: 50 Railway Road, Kalamunda, WA 6076
Monday - Friday: 9am - 4pm,
Weekends & Public Holidays: 10am - 4pm
CLOSED: Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day
Tourism Council Western Australia: http://www.tourismcouncilwa.com.au/