ICC Cricket World Cup boosts Wellington economy

30 June 2015

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has today released an economic impact report that shows the ICC Cricket World Cup has given the Wellington economy a significant boost, with direct spend by out of town visitors of $35 million and an increase in GDP in the city by $40 million.

Cricketer cheering

More than 85,000 people attended the four matches at Wellington Regional Stadium, with over 30,000 of those coming from outside of Wellington.

Deputy Mayor Justin Lester says with two sell out matches and more than 10,000 international visitors to the city, Wellington exceeded all expectations.

“We’re delighted with the results of hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup. With two sold out matches, a hugely popular Village Green Fan Hub in Civic Square, and the quarter final highlight of Martin Guptill smashing his way to the highest ever score in a Cricket World Cup, we certainly lived up to our reputation as the events capital of New Zealand,” said Councillor Lester.

Councillor Jo Coughlan, Chair of the Economic Development and Arts Committee says the ICC Cricket World Cup has been an outstanding success for Wellington.

“Events like the ICC Cricket World Cup and the World of Wearable Arts don’t just make Wellington a great place to live, work and visit; they also have a significant impact on our economy. As well as attracting more than 30,000 unique visitors to the city, the ICC Cricket World Cup created 700 additional jobs in Wellington, brought in $35 million dollars of direct spending by out of town visitors, and increased GDP by $40 million,” said Councillor Coughlan.