Perth plans A$80 million cable car attraction


Elizabeth Quay

A NEW A$80 million (US$58 million) cable car project linking Elizabeth Quay to Kings Park could inject more than A$30.5 million into the Western Australian economy and help boost Perth’s tourism appeal.

According to Western Australian Tourism Council’s CEO Evan Hall, Perth needed a major attraction to bring together the city’s newer developments, which includes Perth Stadium and new hotels that are planned in Elizabeth Quay.

“What is missing is a signature attraction that will become the must-do experience in the city and encourage visitors to stay longer and spend more,” said Hall.

The council estimates that the cable car could carry about 650,000 passengers each year.

Explaining the need for the attraction, Hall said: “Research shows that visitors to Australian capital cities who use tourist rides and man-made attractions stay longer at their destination.

“There would also be further profit from new visitors who would be drawn to Perth by the attraction.”

But for now, it is imperative for the state government to bring together all relevant agencies involved to approve the Perth Cable Car project in order to select the route and expedite the approvals process, said Hall.

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