Tourism Development

Twilight Cove

Current

The GEDC recognizes  the potential  of  the tourism industry to further the region’s economic development and has formed the "Goldfields-Esperance Tourism Alliance"  to focus on strategies to enhance the tourism industry and provide feedback and input  to Tourism WA, and the WA Tourism Council and Tourism Australia. 

The GEDC was involved with Country Arts WA and the arts community to support the coordination of the Regional Arts Conference 2014.  This four day conference was held in Kalgoorlie-Boulder in October 2014 and attracted 550 participants from around Australia and overseas. The GEDC  also commissioned the development of a plan for an Arts and Culture Trail for the region, stretching from the WA/NT border  through the Ngaanyatjarra Lands and Northern Goldfields, to Kalgoorlie and Esperance and finishing at Hopetoun. The plan outlines recommendations based on research and consultation feedback. 

Historical

The Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission has always played a significant part in the development of tourism in the region. Back in 2000 the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission and Australia Unlimited Taskforce commissioned a feasibility study into a network of heritage trails across the region.  The purpose of this project was threefold: increase tourism visits,  assist with economic development at a time of a downturn in the resource industry and  acknowledge the rich history & environment of the area.  

Since the Golden Quest Discovery Trail's opening in 2003, there have been over 1,000,000 visitors to the Goldfields. An  estimated 150,000 of these visitors have come specifically  to  undertake some or all of the Trail, while many more have chosen to experience aspects of the Trail in addition to their primary reason for visiting the Goldfields. 
 Historic Gwalia State Hotel
Further development from this project was the establishment of the Goldfields Tourism Network, which still manages the trail but has become a tourism marketing organisation for the region.  The GEDC is still involved on the management committee.
 
The GEDC also worked closely with the Shire of Leonora to develop the " Leonora Loop Trails",  launched in 2008 and assisted the six Northern Goldfields Shires with the development of a Northern Goldfields brochure and website in the same year.