Pre­mier at­trac­tion

CHELSEA VISIT TO GIVE BIG BOOST TO WA TOURISM

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

THE visit of English Pre­mier League club Chelsea to Perth in 2018 is ex­pected to pro­vide a mas­sive tourism boost, with an an­tic­i­pated $15 mil­lion in ex­pen­di­ture from vis­i­tors, par­tic­u­larly from key Asian mar­kets.

The Lon­don-based club will play Perth Glory at the new Perth Sta­dium in a friendly match, with Tourism Coun­cil WA wel­com­ing the event.

Tourism Coun­cil WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Evan Hall said host­ing the event would draw about 15,000 in­ter­state and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors.

“Be­cause this event is ex­clu­sive to Perth, it will draw thou­sands of diehard soc­cer fans from the east coast and over­seas, par­tic­u­larly Asian mar­kets, where the code is in­cred­i­bly pop­u­lar and peo­ple will travel to ex­pe­ri­ence a Pre­mier League team closer to home,” he said. “As win­ter is a slower time for tourism in Perth, there will be plenty of ho­tel rooms avail­able to host these ad­di­tional vis­i­tors.

“The vis­i­tors for this match will spend an an­tic­i­pated $15 mil­lion in WA’s shops, ho­tels, bars, restau­rants, taxis, venues and at­trac­tions, boost­ing the WA econ­omy and em­ploy­ing 160 peo­ple full time for a year.”

Mr Hall said se­cur­ing events like the Chelsea match, State of Ori­gin and Bledis­loe Cup for Perth were great for putting the city on the world map and cre­at­ing a tourism boost.

“How­ever, we need these big events to be off the back of a well-de­vel­oped and well­funded cal­en­dar of events that at­tracts vis­i­tors year in, year out, cre­at­ing on­go­ing per­ma­nent jobs,” he said.

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