Tourism flying start
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.”