The number of overseas visitors coming to WA for a holiday fell last year, largely because of a dramatic decline in tourists from Britain - the State's biggest international tourism market.
About 12,500 fewer British tourists holidayed in WA in 2012 - a decline blamed on that country's tight economic conditions.
Overall, overseas holidaymakers fell 6 per cent - or 20,100 people.
But the latest figures also show increases in the number of people coming to WA to visit friends or family (up 5.9 per cent), for business reasons (up 1.7 per cent) and for education purposes (up 1.8 per cent).
"On the positive side, overall visitor numbers are up by 3.4 per cent," Tourism WA chief executive Stephanie Buckland said.Meanwhile, Philippine Airlines yesterday announced new flights between Manila and Perth, via Darwin.
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