Events funding will boost tourism and jobs

8 May 2016

Tourism Council WA has endorsed the $30 million events funding boost announced by the Barnett Government today.

The Premier has announced $19 million to host major events at the Perth Stadium. The Premier also announced that $3.15 million in planned budget cuts to Perth Convention Bureau (PCB) had been reversed and an additional $7.55 million budget funding allocated to PCB. Tourism Council WA expects the funding will be over four financial years from 2016-17 to 2019-20.

$19m Stadium Major Events Boost

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the $19 million for major events would bring international sporting events and world-class entertainment spectaculars to Perth Stadium. The funding commitment will allow bidding now to secure major events for 2017-18 onwards when the Stadium opens.

“Tourism Council WA estimates the $19 million stadium event funding should attract at least 250,000 international and interstate visitors to WA,” Mr Hall said.

“International sporting events like soccer and rugby will draw visitors to WA. These visitors spend money on transport, food, hotels and shopping across the State, creating economic activity and jobs.”

Mr Hall said the tourism industry would work with the government to promote regional touring packages for international and interstate spectators attending major events at Perth Stadium.

“States like Victoria have built their tourism industry on the back of a solid calendar of major events. The new stadium and $19 million events funding will deliver a similar boost to the WA tourism economy and jobs,” he said.

Perth Convention Bureau Funding Enhanced

Perth Convention Bureau plays a critical role in filling Perth’s hotels with international and interstate convention delegates. Mr Hall said the Premier had listened to the industry and reversed the planned cuts to PCB and boosted funding for future years.

“Extensive budget scrutiny by all sides has shown Perth Convention Bureau to be an outstanding performer, returning $30 for every $1 invested by the government,” he said.

“The tourism industry is investing billions in new hotel development, with more than 2,100 rooms currently under development.”

Mr Hall said the Premier had backed the tourism industry’s investment in new hotels by giving Perth Convention Bureau the funding needed to bring conventions and delegates to Perth.

“Tourism Council WA estimates the additional funding for PCB would deliver at least $260 million new tourism dollars for the State economy over four years,” he said.

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