Tourism Australia Journalist Visit



MAPTO is facilitating an in-region itinerary for journalist Jo McKay who is visiting on a Tourism Australia self-drive familiarisation to the Peel Region and Margaret River.

Jo is a widely respected travel writer who has been commissioned by Qantas Magazine to create articles about her South West Australian visit. MAPTO will also leverage Jo’s online articles (Qantas Insider and other on-line outlets) in e-newsletters and digital communications.

Trivago Rates Seashells Best Mandurah Accommodation















Seashells Hospitality Group was delighted to announce recently that Seashells Mandurah was voted best rated accommodation in Mandurah by thousands of the major travel website’s reviewers. Trivago compares over 250 hotel booking sites to find the best price on accommodation and has millions of reviews and images.

Mandurah Cruises Attends China Travel Mission

Major Peel tour operator, Mandurah Cruises, recently attended Tourism WA’s China Travel Mission in Shanghai with 38 other delegates.

Business Development & Marketing Manager Melissa Jones said they conducted 56 appointments over 2 days with key product managers who showed keen interest in Mandurah’s dolphins, crabbing, the Hotham Valley train and the Thrombolites.

She noted the event helped to create awareness of the Peel Region, and specially that Mandurah was a great stop en route to the South West region of WA to pause for a couple of nights accommodation and day touring.

Mandurah Transit’s New Coach


This new, bright bus has a fantastic body wrap featuring images of the highlight attractions in the Peel Region and was the vehicle which transported the Tourism WA board on their Peel visit itinerary. Mandurah Transit is offering their 24 seater coach and driver for hire for custom itineraries, group tours, special events and private charters. Bookings can be made by calling 9581 8999. Mandurah Transit is looking forward to working with tour operators that want to develop packages for Peel visitors.

Eco BBQ Boats – WA’s First Floating BBQ Experience


Right on time for summer the new boat hire business Eco BBQ Boats has opened its first location in Mandurah at the Ocean Marina. Eco BBQ Boats offers self-drive circular boats specially designed for enjoying a barbecue on the water.

The BBQ boats are made of sturdy fibreglass and equipped with electric outboard motors. Seating for 6 to 10 people wraps around a central gas barbecue which can be removed if the hirers only want to consume drinks. The boats also feature a large overhead umbrella for shade. A skipper’s ticket is not required to hire and self-drive these vessels that are unique in Western Australia.

The hire fee includes gas, cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils and oil and the Bluetooth sound system that can be connected to any mobile device. The boats can be booked online 24 hours in advance so everything can be prepared and arranged for the ultimate floating BBQ fun. The emission-free state-of-the-art German high tech electric outboard motor allows to enjoy a tour on the waterways with no noise and no pollution of air and water. For bookings and information visit

Tourism Work Atlas Released

The Tourism Work Atlas, released by Tourism Council WA, maps the State’s 97,000 tourism jobs and 30,000 tourism businesses by electorate and local government area. Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the research showed tourism creates local jobs across metropolitan Perth and regional WA and believes tourism is shaping up as a key election issue as voters start asking where new jobs are coming from.
While tourism jobs are located in the heart of Perth, most of the workers live and vote in the battlefield suburban electorates that surround the city. Other industries, such as manufacturing, create jobs concentrated in specific areas, whereas the Tourism Work Atlas shows tourism creates local jobs across a large number of electorates in WA. To view the Tourism Work Atlas, visit the Tourism Works website.

Tourism Works For Peel Region

Our region hosts over 550,000 visitors per annum and over 2.4 million day trippers whose revenue contributes to tourism operators and their employees but also to supermarkets, petrol stations and a myriad of businesses that the tourism derived income supports. Golf may seem a leisurely sport, but it’s a major tourism driver here in the Peel Region and staff at the Meadow Springs Golf & Country Club are always busy keeping up with customers seven days a week.

General manager Scott Proctor estimates the business would return around $1.5 – 2 million dollars per annum directly into the Peel economy, derived from the club’s payroll, the consumables they purchase, the taxes paid and the many other businesses the club’s custom supports. The club has been operating since 1987 and has a full time equivalent of 28 staff who all live in the Peel area. Scott Proctor says many are long time staff members and one will even clock up 30 years next year.

Caravanning Australia Magazine



The highly circulated Spring issue of Caravanning Australia features a full page editorial and a full page co-operative advertisement co-ordinated and supported by MAPTO.

With the caravanning industry estimated to be worth $7 billion per annum, we believe it is important to have a presence in this significant publication which provides up-to-date news, insights and knowledge for this ever-expanding tourism and holiday market sector.

MICEBTN Magazine’s Business Events Cover Story



Following a successful Royalties for Regions grant application, MAPTO has a key focus on positioning the region as a business events destination.

MAPTO negotiated and secured the front cover of national meetings, incentives, conferences and events magazine MICEBTN plus a four page cover story that details the products and industry partners active in the business events arena in the Peel Region.

Click here to read more.