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Events and Optus Stadium driving Western Australian tourism rebound
The latest National Visitor Survey results for the year ending March 2019 show the number of interstate visitors to Western Australian has increased by 16%, with spending by these visitors having increased by 22% to $1.7 billion over the 12 months.
Tourism Council WA Chief Executive Evan Hall sees that the growth in interstate tourism is driven by 'leisure visitors' attracted to the state by the Western Australian Government's investment in marketing and events as well as Perth's new Optus Stadium.
Hall stated “Perth previously had a poor reputation as an expensive destination. Now interstate visitors have been lured back by must-see matches and events at the stadium, particularly the AFL.
“East coast spectators are having a great time in WA and are telling friends back home that Perth is a new city and worth a visit.”
Hall also commended the Western Australian Government’s 'back-to-basics' marketing strategies, adding “Tourism WA has switched from showing fluffy television ads on the east coast to focusing on selling good value airline deals, accommodation and tours offered by the tourism industry.
“Focusing on real bookings, rather than brand advertising, has strong support from the tourism industry.
“The State Government’s investment in the stadium, major events and more effective interstate marketing is definitely paying off with increased tourism dollars creating jobs in WA.”
The presence of English football giants Manchester United in Perth is also driving visitation.
Having played A-League Premiers Perth Glory at Optus Stadium on Saturday, they clash with traditional rivals Leeds United tonight - Wednesday 17th July.
With a massive international fan base, more than 100,000 fans are expected to attend the fixtures, with more than 16,000 international and interstate visitors heading to Perth for the games and related engagement events.
With fans of the two Uniteds having a history of hostility extra security is expected at Optus Stadium tonight.
The fixtures have been supported by the Western Australia Government, through Tourism Western Australia and VenuesWest, and by Optus Stadium operator, VenuesLive.
Image: Manchester United Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan.
7th May 2019 - Perth’s Optus Stadium to host historic day-night Test
28th March 2019 - New Perth attractions and experiences would drive visitation and jobs
9th January 2019 - Tourism Council WA calls for growth fund to stop industry job losses
9th January 2019 - 27 design awards for Perth’s Optus Stadium in 2018
17th December 2018 - Optus Stadium project named world’s best at global awards
3rd November 2018 - 2018 AFL season at Optus Stadium delivers $66 million tourism boost
21st November 2018 - Manchester United expected to attract thousands to Western Australia
6th September 2018 - Former world surfing chief executive named Tourism WA Managing Director
20th July 2018 - Latest tourism figures show challenges for Western Australia
13th July 2018 - New Perth Stadium bridge to offer climbing and zip line experiences
13th April 2018 - AFL breaks Western Australian attendance record at new Optus Stadium
21st March 2018 - New plan to drive growth in Western Australian tourism
20th February 2018 - Optus Stadium heralds lasting benefits for Perth
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