Tourism fly­ing start

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

PERTH Fris­bee lovers are in for a treat, with the State Gov­ern­ment spon­sor­ing the World Fly­ing Disc Fed­er­a­tion’s 2018 World U24 Ul­ti­mate Cham­pi­onships.

The bi­en­nial cham­pi­onships – which are tipped to bring thou­sands of vis­i­tors to Perth – com­prise na­tional teams fea­tur­ing play­ers aged 14 to 24 com­pet­ing in men’s, women’s and mixed di­vi­sions.

More than 1200 com­peti­tors and about 1300 vis­i­tors from some 23 coun­tries are ex­pected to visit Perth for the event, mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion of about $2.4 mil­lion to WA’S econ­omy.

The 2018 cham­pi­onships are sanc­tioned by the World Fly­ing Disc Fed­er­a­tion and man­aged by the Aus­tralian Fly­ing Disc As­so­ci­a­tion.

The event will be held from Sun­day un­til Jan­uary 13 at the UWA Sports Club in Mt Clare­mont.

“It’s a mas­sive coup for Perth to host the world cham­pi­onships, which have only ever been held three times in iconic cities such as Florence, Toronto and London,” Tourism Min­is­ter Paul Pa­palia said.

“The event will pro­vide a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to show­case our trans­formed city to thou­sands of peo­ple from some of our top tourism mar­kets such as Aus­tralia, China, USA, Sin­ga­pore, Ger­many and the UK.

“Sup­port­ing mass-par­tic­i­pa­tion events such as the Ul­ti­mate Cham­pi­onships are im­por­tant as they en­cour­age high lev­els of vis­i­ta­tion, which helps fill our ho­tel rooms, pro­vides a boost to the econ­omy, adds vi­brancy to WA and at­tracts me­dia at­ten­tion.

“Tourism con­trib­uted $10.1 bil­lion to WA’S econ­omy in 2016-17 and is a key pil­lar of the State Gov­ern­ment’s plan to di­ver­sify the econ­omy, cre­ate jobs and de­velop busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

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