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Western Australia Minister for Tourism Paul Papalia

AFL Tourism Strategy Kicks $66 Million Goal For Western Australia

Victor P Taffa

  • Interim results released for 2018 AFL season at Optus Stadium
  • Marketing strategies have paid off, injecting millions of dollars into the Western Australia economy
  • About 66,000 interstate and intrastate visitors for regular AFL season and finals
  • Nearly $66 Million in combined interstate and intrastate visitor expenditure

Independent research has revealed the McGowan Government’s dedicated east coast tourism campaigns, combined with the AFL tourism strategy, have delivered results for Western Australia’s economy

“McGowan Government’s tourism strategies have leveraged off Perth’s world-class Optus Stadium to ensure the local hospitality industry received a much needed boost.” Minister for Tourism Paul Papalia said.

“This resulted in interstate visitors staying a total of 137,803 nights, and intrastate visitors a total of 108,687 nights in Perth, thanks to AFL tourism.”

Figures from research undertaken by Metrix Consulting show AFL tourism attracted 31,059 interstate visitors who specifically travelled to WA for a match at Optus Stadium, and spent about $34 Million. A further 34,665 visitors from regional Western Australia spent more than $32 Million.

Of the 31,059 interstate visitors, 22,887 travelled during the regular season and 8,172 during the AFL finals. There was a similar story with intrastate overnight visitors, as 25,812 people from regional Western Australia travelled to Perth for AFL games during the home and away season, and 8,853 for the finals.

As part of the Optus Stadium launch, Tourism Western Australia invested significant marketing resources to drive interstate visitation to Western Australia for AFL games and increase awareness of Perth and Western Australia as an AFL tourism destination, while encouraging visitors to also travel to the regions.

Multimillion dollar Hotel Perth campaign launched early this year targeted at east coast markets such as Melbourne and Sydney. This campaign, coupled with the introduction of a Tourism Western Australia east coast advocate has led to a direct increase in visitors.

WA Minister for Tourism Paul Papalia









Tourism Minister Paul Papalia acknowledged the impact the marketing campaign has had on attracting visitors to the State and congratulated Tourism WA for leading the project in partnership with Optus Stadium Management, Tourism Council WA, the tourism industry, AFL, West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers.


Perth’s new Optus Stadium



AFL                Australian Football League

WA                 Western Australia


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