Expressions sought for visitor services

Providing stability to operators and getting the best value for money are the focus of an expression of interest process for the operation of Visitor Services in the City of Karratha.

The process may see the City move away from the not-for-profit model of delivery that the City has traditionally used towards a more streamlined fee for service model.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said visitor information services were an important part of the tourism experience and it was prudent to test the market for the best value for money operator.

“Council has been discussing changes to the delivery of visitor services for quite some time now, recognising that two separate City-funded visitor centres was difficult to sustain,” Cr Long said.

“Our existing visitor centres have the opportunity to collaborate and submit a response in the expression of interest process, and we will also see what other providers might be out there,” he said.

“The City is committed to growing tourism in the region and we need to make sure we are getting the best value for money so we can continue to invest in developing new product and marketing our region.”

The expression of interest process will close on 15 July 2016. Council will assess the submissions and decide whether to proceed with any or remain with the current model in 2017.