May 16, 2022

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Millennials assistance area of interest WA tourism operators keep afloat as borders remain shut

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Specialized niche tourism operators say millennials exploring for a unique holiday getaway experience have filled a gap in the West Australian market left by cashed-up abroad website visitors.  

In a regular yr, Perth accountant Bridget Purcell would have used her holiday seasons in Europe, the United States or Vietnam.

But with global borders shut and interstate journey alternatives dwindling by the day, Ms Purcell and her lover Mitch determined to keep in WA.

They forked out for an off-the-overwhelmed-observe adventure tour close to Margaret River, in WA’s south-west. 

It promised an in-depth look at neighborhood information and at the time-in-a-life time activities.

“Not being ready to journey, we’ve kind of long gone, ‘Well, [Australia] also has a heritage, I would truly like to study a little something about that’,” she said.

Ms Purcell said her friends had been obtaining comparable encounters in the state’s north, in sites like Exmouth and Karijini. 

Bridget Purcell and spouse Mitch are portion of a expanding number of millennials shelling out significant on cultural tours.  (

Supplied: Sean Blocksidge/Margaret River Discovery Co.

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A blessing for a declining niche

Margaret River tour operator Sean Blocksidge said he seldom noticed millennials scheduling his excursions in the earlier — most of his clientele had been older folks from interstate and overseas.

Pre-COVID he was turning away up to 20 or 30 men and women for every day, but when the pandemic strike, he imagined it could be the conclude of his enterprise.

“The markets that I might completed so well in, just about every single a person of individuals had disappeared.”

But more than the past 12 months, a wave of younger folks turning up for intimate wine, four-wheel driving and canoeing encounters has served maintain his business enterprise ticking around.

man sitting in a paddock holding a camera
Tour guidebook Sean Blocksidge was turning away up to 30 website visitors a day prior to covid. (

ABC Information: Robert Koenig-Luck

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“The industry I was by no means at any time profitable in, the twenty-somethings, the 30-somethings … they’re just coming down now,” he explained. 

Mr Blocksidge said though this new market place had helped to preserve him afloat, numerous tour operators were being however battling financially without having intercontinental or interstate guests. 

Young clientele critical to long term

Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association CEO Sharna Kearney claimed with uncertain situations in advance, young travellers could be key to maintaining the cultural and adventure industry from disaster.

“The actuality that we have millennials coming down, suffering from the location in a unique way, seriously experiencing their time in this article and then sharing that with their mates, indicates that we’re location ourselves up for that foreseeable future visitation,” she reported. 

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