Winter games open - bring huge benefits to Central Otago and NZ
As the fourth biennial Winter Games open in Central Otago today Waitaki MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary for Tourism Jacqui Dean said it had proved itself as an event which delivered economic results and successfully showcased New Zealand internationally.
“With about 600 athletes, including top alpine skiers from around the world, competing in Wanaka, Naseby and Queenstown the stage is set for one of the world’s biggest winter festivals.
“And the Government is right behind the event providing a total of $2.75 million in funding from the Major Events Fund to support the games this year and again in 2017.
“We see the Winter games as a hugely positive event for the Central Otago region and for the country as a whole and we’re keen to help ensure that it develops and grows.
''The games generates excellent international exposure for New Zealand, showcasing some of our most spectacular scenery, and it also delivers a significant economic boost for the region and the country.
“A post-event analysis by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment showed in 2013 the event generated $7,084,146 in net economic benefit for New Zealand.
“This year there are an exciting range of events planned both on and off the snow and the excitement around the region is building as preparations are made for tonight’s official opening.
“The stage is set, facilities are excellent, the snow is unbelieveable – it’s time for the Winter games to begin.”