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MORE HOLIDAY SEARCHES FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, tourism, travel, Uncategorized by freoview on December 30, 2017

 

Travel and holiday search site wotif.com data for 2017 have revealed that Fremantle is not one of the top ten holiday destinations for Australians, but the good news is that interest in Fremantle has increased by 85% over the last twelve months.

The most popular WA summer destinations for Aussie travellers were Perth, Margaret River, Broome, Bunbury, Mandurah, Esperance, Busselton, Dunsborough, Albany and Geraldton.

WOTIF rates the top five movers and shakers for 2017 Bridgetown, Cervantes, Fremantle, Coral Bay, Carnarvon.

I am not sure how relevant these statistics are though as there are many other search engines for travel, hotels, holidays, accommodation, etc.

While there is ample B&B accommodation in Fremantle it lacks sufficient hotel rooms, and that could well have an impact on the above data, as overnight hotel stays are limited.

Plans for new hotels in Freo will no doubt make a big difference to help make our city a more attractive tourist destination.

Roel Loopers

 

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CHRISTMAS ON ROTTO

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle ports, rottnest island, Uncategorized by freoview on December 24, 2017

 

 

It was unusually quiet on the waters and at the Fremantle B Shed Rottnest Island ferry terminal this Sunday morning, but that might be the quiet before the storm tomorrow and the fact that most people would have left for Rotto yesterday for a nice long Christmas weekend.

I had a 6.30 am double espresso at the B Shed cafe and took these photos of Victoria Quay.

Roel Loopers

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HUGE CRUISE SHIP ARRIVES IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 28, 2017

 

The cruise ship season has started in Fremantle again and tomorrow morning at approximately 8 am the Ovation of the Seas will visit our city with 4,000 passengers on board.

The vessel is one of the largest in the world and has features like a skating rink, bumper cars, a flight simulator, a wave park and robot bartenders.

The Royal Caribbean liner is the fifth largest in the world and the largest cruise ship ever to visit Australia, so it will be an impressive sight to see her entering and leaving port. Departure is at 5 pm.

Last year 160,000 people arrived on 60 cruise ships in Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

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RELOCATION OF FREO TOURIST VISITOR CENTRE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, tourism by freoview on October 2, 2017

 

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The Fremantle tourist Visitor Centre will relocate later this year to a few metres west inside the old Townhall, when the demolition of the administration buildings starts.

It is good to see the two large umbrellas at Kings Square now showing prominently where the Visitor Centre is, as many tourists are not sure about it.

I believe the perfect location for the Visitor Centre would be on the corner of Market Street and the High Street mall, where HBF has just closed. That is where the majority of foot traffic happens, but the City of Fremantle would have to pay rent there, so it does not appear to be an option.

 

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

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TOURISM SNUB FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, committee for perth, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on August 14, 2017

 

The Committee for Perth wants WA to become even more Perth-centric and snub Fremantle, according to their latest Fact Finding Bulletin 55.

The CfP states that “Tourism marketing campaigns should focus on ‘Brand Perth’ to attract visitors rather than sub categories of Fremantle, Rottnest Island or other regions.”

Only recently the CEO of the Fremantle Chamber of Commerce lamented that Fremantle was not included enough in Western Australia’s tourism marketing, but now the Committee for Perth suggest we should get even less promotion for one of our Sate’s most favourite tourist destinations. How bizarre!

The thousands of visitors we receive at the Fremantle Roundhouse each week often remark how beautiful and different Fremantle is and that Perth is like most other major cities and far less attractive that the port city.

Maybe it is time for Fremantle Council and the Chamber of Commerce to send a delegation to the Minister for Tourism and have a serious talk about this, as Fremantle needs and deserves to be promoted all over the world as a unique attraction.

Other facts from the Committee of Perth fact sheet:

The total contribution of tourism to the WA economy in 2016 was $10.64 billion, or 4.6% of the state’s gross value-added (GVA) economy. By comparison, 23.8% of the state GVA was generated by the mining industry, 13.6% by construction, 5.6% by health care and social assistance and 5.2% by professional and technical services.

The sector directly and indirectly employs 109,000 people.

Over the past 10 years, intrastate and interstate visitor numbers declined in the year ending March 2016-17. The state only attracted 4.6% of the total national interstate visitors during the same period.

The distance to WA from major eastern states attractions and capitals is a disadvantage.
Indigenous tourism experiences have been identified as a major tourism opportunity for WA, with 78% of people who visited WA in 2015-16 saying they wanted to have an Aboriginal cultural experience but only 24% had one.

WA attracts less than its population based share of visitors and visitor spend from key markets including China and New Zealand, but attracts more than its share of visitors from the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Singapore and Germany.

Of WA’s five defined tourist regions, tourists from Malaysia, Singapore and China are most likely to visit Experience Perth and Australia’s South West with only a small proportion travelling to Australia’s Coral Coast, North West or Golden Outback. By contrast, visitors from Germany, the USA and New Zealand are more likely to visit a range of destinations.

 

Roel Loopers

 

P&Over FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, cruiseliners, fremantle port, Uncategorized by freoview on May 12, 2017

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The Pacific Eden cruiseliner floated into Fremantle Port this morning and since the P&O Line has announced they will no longer call Freo home, I thought to capture this historic moment of one of the last P&O cruiseships in Fremantle.

The railway lines symbolise the end of the line.

Roel Loopers

SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN IN FREMANTLE

Posted in children, family, fremantle, schools by freoview on April 7, 2017

 

School holidays are upon us again and all these gorgeous kids deserve special treats of course.

There is plenty on in Freo from Hatchiko at Spareparts Theatre to a Bunny Hunt organised by BID. There is also the very special tours of the Ocean Warrior, the Sea Shepherd ship that saves whales!

If that is not enough, a trip to the Shipwreck Museum and Roundhouse are also fun, and educational and the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival is coming up next weekend.

Roel Loopers

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FREO SCHOOL SUMMER HOLIDAY FUN

Posted in bid, children, fremantle, schools by freoview on January 10, 2017

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Come on kids, take your parents and grand parents out for kind of treasure hunt around Fremantle and win some great prizes

It is on from January 14-29 and you can spread it over 2-3 days if you can’t get it all done in one day.

Roel Loopers

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NATURE PLAY AT MOORE&MOORE CAFE

Posted in children, family, fremantle, nature by freoview on December 20, 2016

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The Fremantle Moore&Moore cafe in Henry Street is holding a Kids Nature Play event from tomorrow December 21 to January 20.

There will be a nature play area, market stalls, children’s entertainment, games, craft and more and it’s FREE, so take the kids for some hours of fun in the beautiful heritage building.

The coffee and food at M&M is very good and the staff delightful! They are my mates.

Roel Loopers

FREO AIRPORT SHUTTLE IS BACK

Posted in flying, fremantle, travel by freoview on November 16, 2016

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The Fremantle to Airport shuttle bus is back, so all those people who don’t want to pay nearly $ 100.00 for a taxi to the airport can hop on the shuttle again.

Check out the website for more details:www.myairshuttle.com

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