People are flocking to the City in droves this festive season.
Latest figures show activity for November in the central Perth retail core up 6 per cent on the same time last year with nearly a million visitors to the area during the month.
This follows a strong October which saw the number of visitors to the retail area increase by 10 per cent year-on-year.
City of Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said Perth was on track for the busiest festive season in the past 10 years.
“On average, the festive season brings more than $130 million in economic value for our traders, and more than 900,000 people to our City. Projections and activity over the past few months tell us to expect those figures to be even bigger this year,” Mr Zempilas said.
The Lord Mayor said City run and sponsored events had a great impact on attracting people to the City.
“We saw 20,000 people pack Elizabeth Quay across in mid-November for the first of our free City of Light Show series, proudly sponsored by Lotterywest, PrideFEST 2023 attracted the biggest night time crowds to Northbridge for this year,” he said.
“The City also benefitted from the thousands of people who came to Perth to see Coldplay with hotel rooms at near capacity and restaurants, bars and shops buzzing.”
Mr Zempilas said the Christmas period was off to a huge start with thousands lining the streets for the annual Alinta Energy Christmas Pageant last Saturday night and the Rio Tinto Christmas Lights Trail in full swing.
“With extended Christmas trading hours kicking in this week and dozens of Christmas events, there’s no better place to be than the City of Light. Christmas really does live here.”
Across the summer season, the City of Perth will continue with current CPP parking offers including:
- Free parking at CPP at all carparks after 6pm
- Three-hour free parking on weekends and public holidays at CPP Cultural Centre, Pier Street and His Majesty’s.
- There will also be increased ACROD bays available at City events including Christmas Nativity and New Year’s Eve.