Media’s visit will lift SW profile

Emily AceSouth Western Times

Bunbury’s eye-catching street art, which is well loved by locals, will soon be shared to the world after a group of international journalists had the opportunity to tour the South West at the weekend.

The journalists from China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and Vietnam visited the region to gather content for upcoming stories to be published by their various media outlets.

Artist Troy Bennell took the group for a street art walking tour of the Bunbury CBD, which also included a visit to Maker and Co.

The South West leg of the tour was organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in partnership with the South West Development Commission’s TradeStart program as part of efforts to increase awareness of the creative industries.

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The group also visited Vasse, where they had breakfast with CinefestOZ representatives, visited the Christian Fletcher Gallery and attended the Margaret River Gourmet Escape.

South West Development Commission acting chief executive officer Rebecca Ball said the visit provided an opportunity to share the qualities of the region.

“With the burgeoning creative industries sector in the region, the South West is emerging as a must visit for people wanting a creative and cultural hit from their travels,” she said.

“The journalists who visited will assist in raising the profile of the region to potential visitors.”

“With each year, there are more and more things to see and do to the region, increasing the overall attractiveness of the region to international tourists.”

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