Government and business discuss Western Sydney Airport tourism opportunities

Media Release


06 June 2017

Joint release with:

Angus Taylor

Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation

Representatives from industry and all three levels of government today convened for the forum on Maximising Western Sydney Airport Tourism Opportunity.

Chaired by Dr Andy Marks, Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Western Sydney University, the forum included speeches from NSW Minister for Western Sydney, the Hon Stuart Ayres MP, tourism operators and representatives from Austrade.

Tourism makes an important contribution to our national economy. Today's forum provides an important opportunity to share ideas as we take a coordinated and collaborative approach towards harnessing the opportunities Western Sydney Airport will bring.

Airports are major generators of jobs and economic activity and we are engaging early in the planning to ensure we can maximise jobs and economic growth well into the future and, in particular, unlock job opportunities closer to home for the two million people living in the growing Western Sydney area.

Western Sydney Airport will be a catalyst for economic transformation in the region and is expected to generate 20,000 direct and indirect jobs by the early 2030s. It will improve aviation access for Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains, opening up tourism opportunities and ensuring Greater Sydney's status as an international gateway as Sydney (Kingsford-Smith) Airport approaches capacity.

The Turnbull Government is investing up to $5.3 billion to deliver the new airport by establishing a new company, WSA Co. Works will begin by the end of 2018 and Western Sydney Airport will open in 2026.

More information on the Western Sydney Airport can be found at