A $3.3 million election commitment to upgrade The Gap’s tourism facilities could help propel Albany towards another visitor boom, Tourism Minister Paul Papalia says. Mr Papalia visited The Gap on Saturday with Labor candidate for Albany Rebecca Stephens to outline the McGowan Government’s plans for the “magnificent location”. The plan includes the construction of an “entrance portal”, toilets, a bigger carpark, and a food and drink kiosk or other commercial outlet. Existing trails would also be made more accessible and safer. “This is one of the State’s premier tourism destinations and it could do with a little more love,” Mr Papalia said. “It is a little way away from any sort of hospitality outlet and it would be great to have some toilet facilities here. “But also it wouldn’t be a bad thing to have the ability to buy drinks and food to prop people up who are a fair way from town.” Mr Papalia said any future commercial operators would be responsible for maintaining the pristine natural environment at The Gap. “We’ve done it on Rottnest” he said. “The west end of Rottnest had nothing. That’s all changing. “We’ve spent money and there are facilities on the west end now. There are little kiosk caravans that provide coffees, food, water and the like. “That’s something that I think can be done here tastefully in respect of the environment. “Albany is already right now experiencing a boom, but I think it is on the cusp of a very big future as a tourism destination.” Mr Papalia said the details of the expansion required community and environmental consultation by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. “Immediately post-the election, the funding will be available and the work will be commenced in regards to consultation, planning and design,” he said.