Venues Canberra for their work at Exhibition Park in Canberra - 2017 National Finalist: Best Achievement in Venue Management

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David Etherton

David Etherton

What a Difference a Decade Makes – David Etherton

10 years is a long time, things change and grow, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. This visionary closing session will take a look at the evolution of the events industry over last decade, the challenges that the industry faced as well as the ones we overcame. In addition to this, David Etherton will cast a glance into the next decade, where the industry is set to be going, opportunities that are presenting themselves now along with ones that could be available in the future.

After studying Economics at UWA David Etherton worked in Tourism for 15 years in Visitor Servicing, Industry Development and Events. David has spent the last decade as Chief Executive Officer of VenuesWest and is responsible for a portfolio of sporting and entertainment venues that is now amongst the best in the country. After starting with four venues valued at $180m, servicing 2 million visitors a year VenuesWest now has a 13 venue portfolio valued at $2.2billion and saw 6 million customers last year with a 92% satisfaction rate. The VenuesWest growth story reached a crescendo in January 2018 with the Fans First Optus Stadium becoming a welcome addition to the portfolio of Fans First venues. 2019 will be remembered by many as the best ever for events in Western Australia with a plethora of World Class Events