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Sports tournaments good for Bay

Sports tournaments have the potential to bring in millions to Hawke’s Bay, besides showcasing the region’s finer points to visitors.

Economic Solutions Ltd analysed the impact of the National Masters Hockey Tournament, which more than 70 teams took part in at Park Island and the Hawke’s Bay Sports Park between 1-7 March this year. Among its key findings were that the combined event operation and visitor spending contribution to Hawke’s Bay’s GDP was $1.34 million.

It showed the sports events industry was an important part of the tourism sector and could be of particular benefit to the region’s businesses, such as accommodation providers, outside the traditionally busy summer months, the report concluded.

This tournament had grown so much in recent years that a larger number of hockey pitches were needed by host regions. With the number of pitches Hawke’s Bay had available it was possible the tournament would return sooner rather than later.

Napier City Council Event Manager Kevin Murphy said it reinforced the value of sports tournaments to the region.

“It’s why we need to encourage more tournaments of this nature to return.”

Hawke’s Bay Tourism General Manager Annie Dundas said tournaments such as this provided a great economic boost for the region.

“The Masters Hockey Tournament touched many corners of the region and made a huge impact over a nine-day period. The region looks forward to hosting many more tournaments such as this.”

 Hawke’s Bay is hosting several major tournaments over the next two months.

This month there is the Trident New Zealand Secondary Schools football tournament, which 24 teams are competing in at Park Island until Friday, the regional under-13 basketball tournament from 7-10 September, and  the Honda NZ Masters Badminton Tournament at the Pettigrew Green Arena from 17-19 September.

Next month the NZ Masters Squash Tournament, which includes three test matches between New Zealand and Australia, will be hosted at the Hawke’s Bay Squash Racquets Club from 10 -21 October. The national U19 Football Tournament, of which 44 teams out of a total of 48 teams will come from outside the region , will be held in Hawke’s Bay at Labour Weekend.

Anyone with information about major tournaments being held in Hawke’s Bay, or who are still in the planning stages can contact Mr Murphy on 027 297 0238 or kevinm@napier.govt.nz

2 September 2015

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