- State Government to sponsor Perth Racing's 2017 TABtouch Masters series
- World's first single track horse racing festival to offer three Group One races for at least $1 million each in prize money
- WA's biggest annual racing festival featuring total prize pool of $5.2 million
- Tourism and racing industries vital for Western Australian jobs
The McGowan Government has delivered its election commitment to provide $200,000 for Western Australia's biggest annual racing festival, the 2017 TABtouch Masters series.
The event is the world's only single-track thoroughbred racing festival featuring a Group One race worth at least $1 million on three consecutive Saturdays.
The TABtouch Masters series, held on November 25 and December 2 and 9 at Ascot Racecourse, includes the Railway Stakes, Winterbottom Stakes and the Kingston Town Classic. The total prize pool for the series is $5.2 million.
State Government funding, through Tourism WA, will go towards attracting renowned Australian and international thoroughbreds to Perth to raise the festival's profile and increase attendance.
In addition, it will help to market the event nationally and internationally including the promotion of travel packages.
Tourism Minister Paul Papalia will launch the packages in Singapore, a key tourist market, next week.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"The McGowan Government is pleased to deliver its election commitment to sponsor the TABtouch Masters series, which will help attract visitors to Western Australia.
"Tourism is a key pillar of the State Government's plan to diversify the economy and create jobs. In fact, it contributed $10 billion in visitor spend last year and generates about 109,000 jobs."
Comments attributed to Tourism and Racing and Gaming Minister Paul Papalia:
"Hosting events is a vital component of driving visitation to Western Australia, as events not only add vibrancy but also provide a boost to the local economy and promote the destination through media exposure.
"The TABtouch Masters series will also help showcase Perth's significant transformation to visitors, including its new public spaces, hotels, restaurants and bars.
"The State Government has been working hard to get the message out there that Perth is no longer expensive and that there are plenty of quality accommodation options to choose from."
Premier's office - 6552 5000
Tourism and Racing and Gaming Minister's office - 6552 5600