Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Study: Lions supporters spent $21.7 mill in Chch

Media Release 19 September 2005

Study estimates Lions supporters spent $21.7 million in Chch

A study of spending by overseas visitors to Christchurch for the first rugby test between the All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions suggests the visiting team’s supporters may have put as much as $22 million into the city economy.

The work, by Rotorua-based consultancy APR, is based on 274 visitor interviews done for the Council in the days leading up to and immediately after the 25 June match. The report notes, however, that estimates of the total direct spend by the British and Irish visitors should be viewed cautiously because it is based upon a relatively small sample, with the average multiplied by the population size of 10,650.

By comparing international visitor arrival information for the same period in 2004, APR believes the city was host to 10,650 people from Britain and Ireland who came to Christchurch because of the rugby. It says the total following the tour to New Zealand was 15,150, but of those 4500 arrived after the Christchurch test match.

The Council has commissioned similar research for other sporting events and the Lions tour direct-spend estimate is by far the largest of those studied (the next largest direct spends of events studied are $11.2m for the Fina World Masters Swimming championships in 2002 and $3.4m for the World Wheelchair Games and ISOD World Athletics in 2003).

Estimates of typical event-related spending per person by those from Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland were $3010, $2161, $1742, and $1280 respectively. To factor out spending on international airfares, half the respondents’ travel spend was taken out of the calculations. APR notes the visitors spent more on beverages and food than on accommodation, indicating “a high level of spending on alcoholic beverages”.

Using a standard multiplier formula (an estimate of the amount of additional economic activity generated by each dollar spent) of 1.49, APR says the estimated $21.7m direct spend generated an economic impact of $32.3m and created the equivalent of 290 full-time jobs.

Other findings from the survey include:

- Of those surveyed, most came from England (41 per cent), Wales (22%), Scotland (11%) and Ireland (8%)

- 73% of those surveyed were men; and most (72%) were aged from 20 and 39

- 70% stayed between three and five days in Christchurch

- 70% of survey respondents went to the match

- The most common form of accommodation used was hotel (26%), budget hotel/hostel (20%) and own home/friends/relatives (18%)

- The estimated average spend per supporter was $2168

Asked about the event, respondents were complimentary about the city, with many of the visitors saying they thought the city was clean and that people were friendly.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On The Roe v Wade Aftermath


Now that the right of US women to abortion (formerly protected by Roe v Wade) has been abolished, the important role of medication-induced abortion will come even more to the fore. Already, research by the Guttmacher Institute reproductive rights centre shows that over half of US abortions are obtained by medication. According to the US Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organisation, the abortion pills can be safely self-administered at home within the first ten weeks of pregnancy, rather than via a surgical procedure carried out in a bricks-and-mortar abortion clinic...
More>>



 
 


Winston Peters: Issues Judicial Review Proceedings

Winston Peters has issued judicial review proceedings against Speaker of the House the Rt Honourable Trevor Mallard, challenging Mr Mallard’s issue of a trespass warning against Mr Peters on 28 April 2022, which the Speaker then withdrew on 4 May 2022... More>>

Government: Electoral Changes Will Bring Greater Transparency For Voters

Changes to electoral law announced by Justice Minister Kiri Allan today aim to support participation in parliamentary elections, and improve public trust and confidence in New Zealand’s electoral system... More>>


Parliament: Grounds Fully Reopened

Parliament’s grounds have been fully reopened today at a ceremony and community event with mana whenua, members of the public, and representatives of Parliament... More>>


NZ Republic: Charles CHOGM Speech Green Light For Change
“Prince Charles had made it clear in his speech to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Rwanda today that even the Royal family think it’s time for change” said Lewis Holden, campaign chair of New Zealand Republic... More>>


National: Goodfellow To Retire As Party President
Peter Goodfellow today announced he will not seek re-election as President of the National Party at its Annual Conference. Mr Goodfellow will remain as a director on the board for one final term to assist in the transition... More>>

Police: Parliament Occupation Investigators Seek Public Assistance
Police investigating criminal activity on the final day of the occupation at Parliament grounds earlier this year are appealing for the public’s help to identify 15 people... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels