The quest for greater mining activity can cause casualties in other areas of the economy.
At least according to the Tourism Council of WA, which is calling for greater spending on marketing after the release of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Survey of Tourist Accommodation on Friday.
Data for the September 2012 quarter shows regional tourist accommodation significantly lagging behind Perth in occupancy rates.
Kalgoorlie-Boulder was one of the better performing regional towns with 76 per cent occupancy, yet still trailed Perth by 10 per cent.
Kalgoorlie Boulder Pure Gold general manager Amy Johnston said tourism was an important part of commerce in the Goldfields.
“Tourism is a key part of the longevity of Kalgoorlie-Boulder,” Ms Johnston said.
“The very nature of mining means we are susceptible to boom and bust cycles; a buoyant tourism economy is essential to maintain visitor numbers."