16 Mar 2012

Moteliers look foward to World Masters Games business

10:13 am on 16 March 2012

Accomodation providers who felt let down by promises of huge revenue boosts from the Rugby World Cup are cheered at the prospect of earnings from the World Masters Games.

Auckland has beaten 15 other cities to win the 2017 hosting rights of the amatuer tournament, which will bring 35,000 people from 95 countries.

The event is also expected to inject $54 million into the New Zealand economy.

Motels Association chief executive Michael Baines says the tournament will bring a lot more money to the hospitality sector than the Rugby World Cup.

He says the people who will come for it are more likely to have disposable income, and will travel throughout the country for a few weeks after they finish competing.