Sports venue sta­tus suc­cess

Central Leader - - NEWS -

The rep­u­ta­tion of Auck­land as a host city for top in­ter­na­tional sport­ing events has been given a boost.

For the first time the city has been short­listed for the SportBusi­ness Ul­ti­mate Sports Cities Awards.

That puts Auck­land along­side cities such as Lon­don, Mel­bourne, New York, Sin­ga­pore, Paris and Tokyo.

The nom­i­na­tion comes af­ter Auck­land was named one of the top three sport­ing cities in the world for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year at the 2013 In­ter­na­tional Sports Event Man­age­ment Awards.

It has been a busy sum­mer in Auck­land with the ASB Clas­sic, Heineken Open and Iron­man 70.3 Asia Pa­cific Cham­pi­onship.

In Fe­bru­ary, Auck­land will wel­come the in­au­gu­ral NRL Nines to Eden Park and the sum­mer will be rounded off with the ITU World Se­ries and the ITM 500 (V8 Su­per­cars) in April.

Auck­land Tourism, Events and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment (ATEED) desti­na­tion and mar­ket­ing gen­eral man­ager Rachael Car­roll says the nom­i­na­tion is timely. ATEED’s 2013-14 port­fo­lio in­cludes 35 ma­jor events.

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