Hon Mick Murray MLA

Hon Mick Murray MLA

Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations

    P!nk concerts boost local economy as 6,000 tourists hit Perth

    15/07/2018 7:00 AM
    • P!nk's four sold out shows at Perth Arena attract 6,000 overseas and interstate fans
    • Almost $9 million spent by visiting fans, boosting local hotels, bars, restaurants and retail outlets
    • Perth Arena continues to attract world class acts, creating jobs, supporting small businesses and boosting WA economy 

    Pop superstar P!nk's four sold out Perth Arena shows attracted 6,000 overseas and interstate visitors to Western Australia, injecting nearly $9 million into the WA economy, boosting the hospitality industry and supporting local jobs.


    One-in-four concertgoers travelled from outside Perth to attend, with a further 10,600 people visiting from regional WA.


    Some hotels recorded as much as a 300 per cent uplift in revenue last week, with the total number of hotel night bookings expected to have exceeded 11,000.


    The Australian Hotels Association has lauded the concert's success in boosting the local hospitality industry. Accommodation booking service Wotif and WA hospitality entrepreneur Andy Freeman also reported excellent trade.


    Benefits from Perth Arena concerts travel far beyond the metropolitan areas, with half of visiting concertgoers reporting they planned to travel into regional WA as part of their visit.


    Demand for accommodation in Perth immediately increased when P!nk tickets went on sale last October. Year-on-year travel interest increased by 135 per cent in the Perth CBD last week, and by 60 percent in Northbridge.


    Upcoming acts at Perth Arena include Katy Perry, Celine Dion and Bob Dylan.


    Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:


    "P!nk's concerts have provided another shot in the arm to Western Australia's hospitality industry and demonstrate the value of our world-class Perth Arena in boosting the local economy and creating jobs.


    "With one in four concertgoers visiting from outside Perth, local restaurants, hotels, bars, retail outlets and other small businesses saw millions of dollars of benefits.


    "Importantly, regional WA got its share of the pie – with half of all visiting concertgoers planning to venture outside the metropolitan area as part of their trip."


    Comments attributed to Acting Tourism Minister Bill Johnston:


    "It's wonderful to see that stand-out performers such as P!nk can contribute so positively to our economy and local tourism.


    "Part of our Two-Year Tourism Action Plan is to attract blockbuster events such as P!nk.


    "I'm sure that the arrival of Katy Perry, Celine Dion and Bob Dylan will also provide significant boosts to visitation.


    "We want Perth to be seen as a vibrant city and I'm pleased that P!nk and her family had the chance to check out some of the sights and sounds of Perth, including visits to Fremantle and the Swan Valley." 


    Sport and Recreation Minister's office: 6552 6400

    Tourism Minister's office: 6552 5600