Perth Racecourse benefits the Scottish economy to the tune of £11.8m annually – with £9.9m of that impacting locally – and provides the equivalent of 130 full-time jobs, a new report reveals today.
The economic impact report, commissioned by the racecourse and produced by 4-Consulting, uses Scottish Government measurement models and shines a light on the huge benefits the UK’s northernmost track brings to the local and national economy.
There are two main drivers of economic activity; the racecourse itself – primarily through spectator spend, hospitality, entry fees, retailer income, media rights, the betting levy and sponsorship – and off-course expenditure by racegoers in the local area on race days, such as in hotels, bars and restaurants.
More than 50,000 spectators attended Perth’s 15 race days in 2017, equating to a daily average crowd of 3,340. Of Perth’s total spectators, the report found that 75% arrive at the Scone venue from outside Perth and Kinross – 70% from elsewhere in Scotland and 5% from further afield, mainly England. However more than 80% of the £11.8m total revenues generated the previous year remained in the local economy, underlining Perth’s position as a significant visitor attraction and contributor to the economic prosperity of the region.
Other key findings of the report were that Perth makes a £3.4m contribution to government revenues (taxes and NI) with more than half of those collected in Scotland and directly assigned to Scottish Government or the local authority.
The report follows the recent announcement that Perth’s total prize-money for 2018 will be a record £1.25m, helped by an 18% rise in its own executive contribution and representing a 35% year-on-year increase overall.
Hazel Peplinksi, Chief Executive at Perth Racecourse, said: “The team at Perth regards itself as very fortunate to be an ‘exporter of fun’, bringing quality sporting enjoyment to those who share our passion for horse racing. However, what this comprehensive and independent report has uncovered is the current economic value of Perth Racecourse. Due to the scale, which may surprise many, one cannot deny that Perth Racecourse has become a major exporter to the rest of Scotland and beyond.