Tourism research released to coincide with the third anniversary of Perth Arena’s opening shows 278,000 people have visited Perth for the purpose of attending an event at the venue.

  • More than 275,000 people have travelled to Perth to see an event at Perth Arena since 2012 opening, adding $151 million into WA’s economy

The findings by leading research agency Repucom show that out-of-town visitors to Perth Arena have injected $151 million into the local community.

Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the data confirmed Perth Arena as a key contributor to tourism in Western Australia and the local economy.

“About 13 per cent of Perth Arena attendees are visitors to Perth, which is an average of 1,000 people per event,” Ms Davies said.

“Certain events such as entertainer Bon Jovi attract as high as 30 per cent of the crowd from outside of Western Australia.”

Owned by the State Government and managed through VenuesWest, Perth Arena in

Wellington Street in the Perth CBD is WA’s landmark home of live entertainment, music and sports.

The research found that half of interstate and overseas visitors to Perth Arena journeyed to regional WA.

“It is great for our tourism industry that half of Perth Arena’s visiting fans chose to extend their stay and travelled outside Perth to as far as Kununurra,” the Minister said.

“Western Australia has a lot to offer visitors and infrastructure such as Perth Arena and its events attract people to experience our beautiful State.

“About 90 per cent of visitors said their experience at Perth Arena made them want to come back and see more of WA and are now recommending the State to friends and family.”

Perth Arena’s interstate and overseas ticket holders are staying for short periods and spending three times more than the average tourist per day.

More than 65,000 people from regional Western Australia visit Perth Arena each year.

Upcoming events at Perth Arena include Cold Chisel, The Wiggles, Neil Diamond, Oprah, Hugh Jackman and the Hopman Cup. It is also home to the Perth Wildcats basketballers.

Fact File

  • The world-class Perth Arena, which is owned by VenuesWest and managed by AEG Ogden, opened its doors in 2012 and has issued 2.5 million tickets to 253 major events
  • The majority of visitors to Perth Arena from outside WA came from New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and South-East Asia
  • Photos courtesy of Duncan Barnes; higher resolution images available on request

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