Cricket World Cup helped Aus, NZ reap $843m dividend

Event earlier this year attracted 145,000 unique visitors to the countries and over two million to the stadiums.

    Australia beat New Zealand to win their fifth World Cup and the first at home [Getty Images]
    Australia beat New Zealand to win their fifth World Cup and the first at home [Getty Images]

    The economies of Australia and New Zealand benefited from $843.59m in direct spending as a result of co-hosting the cricket World Cup earlier this year, according to a report prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

    The report said that the tournament created the equivalent of 8,320 full time jobs across the two economies and attracted 145,000 unique visitors to the host countries, mostly from Asia.

    "This was the biggest event in Australia since the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and it has changed cricket in New Zealand forever," tournament chief executive John Harnden said in a news release.

    "The cricket World Cup generated two million bed nights across the two countries and around $855 million in visitor spending, which is great for the tourism industries of both countries."


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    The February 14 to March 29 tournament attracted more than a million spectators to the 49 matches played in 14 cities, of which 20, not all involving the host nations, were sell-outs.

    The final, in which Australia beat New Zealand, attracted a crowd of 93,013 to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, while a dedicated television audience of over 1.56 billion watched the tournament around the world.

    The report pointed out the benefits to the host nations of the funding model, under which the International Cricket Council (ICC) and its sponsorship partners "contribute significant foreign investment" towards the delivery of the event.

    "This is a point of difference when compared to other international sporting events, such as the Olympic Games, rugby World Cup and the Asian Cup, where host nations must self-fund a significant portion of their events," it read.

    "This allowed Australia and New Zealand to benefit from capital inflows and lowered the level of upfront investment that would otherwise be required."

    England and Wales will host the next 50-overs World Cup in 2019.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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