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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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SEGWAY FUN IN FREMANTLE

Posted in fremantle, tourism, western australia by freoview on September 22, 2016

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SEGWAY Fremantle was launched this morning by Deputy and Acting Fremantle Mayor Dave Coggin who warmly welcomed the new tourist attraction and said that diversification was the way to go for Freo.

SEGWAY has been operating tours in Perth and on Rottnest Island since 2013 and will be doing four tours a day in Fremantle.. They will be doing Pioneer Explorer tours at 10 am and 1.30 pm. They go for one hour.

They will also do Absolute Freo tours all the way up to Monument Hill starting at 11.30 am and 3 pm, and they will go for an hour and a half.

Children must be over 12-years old and approximately 45 kg.

Tour prices are from $ 79.00 and can be booked on www. segwaytourswa.com.au or call 1300 80 81 80

It is a shame they are not allowed to ride to the Maritime Museum and along Victoria Quay but Fremantle Ports has not been as accommodating as the City of Fremantle.

It is fantastic to see another tourist attraction in Freo and we need a few more, so that visitors linger longer in our city.

Interstate tourism to WA has increased by 17.9 per cent over the last year and international tourist figures have gone up by 6.3 per cent, with an increase of Malaysian tourists by 18.6 per cent and from Singapore up by 15.8 per cent.

Welcom

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CORROBOREE ASIA IN FREMANTLE TONIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, food, fremantle, hospitality, tourism, western australia by freoview on September 6, 2016

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Fremantle welcomes the over 300 Asian tourism operators and 200 Australian travel agents of the Corroboree Asia trade show today from 5.30 pm at Bathers Beach.

A huge tent has been set up that will emulate the Fremantle Markets stalls, and local lobster and fresh fish will be on the menu while the delegates can enjoy a stunning sunset over the Indian Ocean.

Our northern neighbours are extremely important to WA tourism, so say G’Day should you see any of our visitors! Welcome to Freo!

Roel Loopers

 

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FREMANTLE FANTASTIC ONE DAY, FABULOUS THE NEXT!

Posted in family, festival, fremantle, tourism, western australia by freoview on July 6, 2016

 

Another glorious day in Fremantle paradise today and I just loved wandering around the city and seeing all the visitors and so many families during the school holidays.

It is an absolute delight to walk through the west end streets with the gorgeous heritage buildings, see the dolphins in the port and just relax. Freo is perfect for that.

The Winter Festival at the Esplanade was packed full and kids and parents having fun skating on the ice rink, speeding down the toboggan slide and the massive slide.

The Esplanade Youth Plaza skate park was also packed, so there is a lot of activity at that end of town at the moment. Join in the fun!

To all interstate and overseas readers of Freo’s View, if you haven’t visited Fremantle yet book it for your next holiday. We’ll make you feel very welcome!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE PACKED WITH PEOPLE

Posted in festivals, fremantle by freoview on March 26, 2016

 

Delighted to hear and smell good rain in Fremantle, but a shame it might affect the always fantastic Street Arts Festival as there are a lot of people from the country in Fremantle for the Easter holiday.

The Fishing Boat Harbour was packed on Good Friday with not only Christians eating yummy fish.

Rain or shine I’ll go to see the street performers every day because I love to be part of the fun.

Roel Loopers

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