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New ferry service to provide Rottnest tourism boost

Premier Mark McGowan and Tourism Minister Paul Papalia today announced there would be an additional ferry service offered to Rottnest Island visitors from November this year.

Captain Cook Cruises will be running the service from the island’s busiest ferry port – Fremantle.

The Rottnest Island Authority is always looking for ways to improve access to Rottnest Island and encourage business competition that benefits visitors.

A total of 645,000 people visited Rottnest Island in 2016-17, a six per cent increase in visitation from the previous year.

The State Government hopes the new ferry service will help build on those numbers.

Captain Cook Cruises will join Rottnest Express and Rottnest Fast Ferries in providing ferry services for visitors to the island.

Premier Mark McGowan said the service would give visitors more opportunities to experience the island, create new jobs, and “put downward pressure on the price of a trip to Rottnest”.

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said that more people visiting Rottnest Island equates to more dollars spent at local businesses.

“We need to ensure Rottnest Island remains competitive, relevant and continues to be a must-visit tourism destination.”

Source: Media Statements – New ferry service to provide Rottnest tourism boost