Sports venue status success
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.