Queenstown still in running for qualifier

GRANT BRYANT IN QUEENSTOWN
Last updated 05:00 31/07/2013

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Queenstown's council boss is disappointed that the resort's bid to hold 2015 Cricket World Cup matches was not successful, but was quick to point out the silver linings in the decision.

Queenstown Lakes District Council chief executive officer Adam Feeley said he had known the council's bid to host World Cup matches had not been successful long before yesterday's announcement.

"It has been disappointing because, as a district, we wouldn't have made the bid if we didn't think we could be a successful match venue," he said.

"We do know one of the big issues was the logistics and cost of getting broadcasting facilities to Queenstown.

"There is nothing wrong with the venue, and one of the silver linings of this decision is that we are still being proposed to host one of the qualifying tournaments."

A qualifying tournament will be held in New Zealand in January next year, at which the last two of the 14 teams will qualify.

The other major silver lining was that Queenstown's pull as a tourist destination would give it a "Rugby World Cup effect," Mr Feeley said.

"What we saw during the Rugby World Cup was that a huge per centage of international visitors came to Queenstown during their trip, even though we didn't host any games here. Mostly, if they came to New Zealand, they came to Queenstown, and we'll be pushing for a repeat of that."

The head of the 2015 Cricket World Cup's New Zealand operation, Therese Walsh said it was an "outstanding result" to have secured half the pool matches and playoffs in Auckland and Wellington. Christchurch, Napier and Nelson will also host matches.

The 2015 series will be the 11th edition of the tournament, with New Zealand and Australia reprising their roles as co-hosts from 1992.

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