Wavecrest Director Rick Besso and his sons Aaron and Warwick starred in a photo shoot with national media publication, The Australian over the weekend featuring in the story 'Premier Colin Barnett confident of wild west’s peak attractions'.
Following the recent addition to Western Australian Premier, Colin Barnett's portfolio as new Tourism Minister, the newspaper article featuring the Fitzgerald River National Park following over $40 million of upgrades to roads and infrastructure quoted.....
"Unlocking this park is part of West Australian Premier Colin Barnett’s pitch to the rest of the nation to go west for a holiday".
"Mr Barnett intends to boost the value of the state’s tourism sector by 30 per cent in four years, from $8.9 billion to $12bn a year, by also marketing Western Australia’s pristine wilderness areas to countries that know it best as a mining state. This week, the Premier told The Weekend Australian his state would increasingly look to China, its biggest iron ore customer, for tourism dollars".
"Mr Besso is a builder, caravan park and bistro owner, part-time farmer and now tour operator in the coastal community on the eastern edge of the park, Hopetoun, 600km southeast of Perth. In the past 14 months, he has enticed 400 Chinese visitors to make the six-hour drive down to see the park’s natural wonders. Most of his Chinese guests had already been to New York or London, and were thrilled to be surrounded by nature".
*Picture (courtesy of The Australian), taken at East Mount Barren, Fitzgerald River National Park - Hopetoun by Colin Murty. Article by Victoria Laurie. Additional Reporting by Paige Taylor.