New Zealand and Australia leveraging ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 opportunities

World Cup visitors apply for a trans-Tasman visa based on existing New Zealand and Australian rules.

July 18, 2014 10:10 IST | India Infoline News Service
Streamlined visa arrangements will assist both New Zealand and Australia to capitalise on the tourism opportunities that will flow from co-hosting the 11th ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015.

The New Zealand and Australian governments’ agreement allows international visitors attending the World Cup the convenience of applying for a visa only once in order to be granted entry into both countries.

For the duration of the World Cup visitors would apply for a trans-Tasman visa based on existing New Zealand and Australian rules. New Zealand’s Associate Tourism Minister Todd McClay participated in a meeting Australia’s tourism ministers in Melbourne hosted by federal tourism minister Andrew Robb. They discussed ways New Zealand and Australia can work together to maximise the tourism opportunities stemming from the tournament.

Robb said the streamlined visa arrangements would add a new level of convenience for visitors looking to attend matches across both countries. “It provides the flexibility for tourists to freely move between both New Zealand and Australia for the World Cup. This is a major international sporting event which will bring major benefits for our tourism and hospitality sectors,” he said.

Fourteen cities across New Zealand and Australia will host 49 ICC Cricket World Cup matches over February and March of 2015 and all of these cities will benefit from a major influx of international visitors. The first semi-final will be played at Auckland’s Eden Park while the final will be played at Melbourne’s MCG on 29 March.

McClay said both countries will share in the benefits of being host nations. “Next year, seven New Zealand cities will host ICC World Cup games, and we welcome the opportunity to again showcase our wonderful country to the world and work with Australia to capitalise on the tourism and other economic benefits of staging this event,” he said.

“Minister Robb and I have agreed that irrespective of whether the Cricket World Cup remained in New Zealand or Australia after the final, both countries were winners when it came to the tourism benefits for the hosting of this important sporting event.”

Chief Executive of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Local Organising Committee, John Harnden, welcomed the support from the New Zealand and Australian Governments. “The integrated visa process will make it easier for fans to follow their teams and catch all the action as well experience the many tourist offerings in both countries,” Harnden said.

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