Chelsea FC visit to deliver 160 jobs in WA

29 January 2017

Hosting Premier League team Chelsea Football Club in Perth in mid-2018 will deliver an anticipated $15 million in expenditure from interstate and international visitors, particularly from key Asian markets.

The announcement by the State Government today that Chelsea Football Club will play an international friendly match in Perth in mid-2018 in an Australian exclusive has been welcomed by Tourism Council WA. The visitor expenditure generated from the match will be enough to employ 160 full time people for a year.

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said hosting the event would draw around 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.”

Securing major events like Chelsea FC, State of Origin and Bledisloe Cup for Perth were great for getting the city on the world map and creating a tourism boost, Mr Hall said.

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

Mr Hall said some visitors would also extend their trip to Perth for the event and travel to intrastate destinations.

“When Perth secures these international sports teams for major events, there is a knock-on effect to intrastate destinations and businesses, as visitors take up pre- or post-match touring opportunities and experience what regional WA has to offer,” he said.

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