Rugby World Cup (2003) Economic Impact Study 2004

Abstract: “URS Finance and Economics (URS) was commissioned by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources (DITR) to undertake an economic impact study of the Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2003. This report and its economic impact modelling results build on the results estimated prior to the RWC in a report prepared by URS and included fine tuning of data and the incorporation of actual RWC specific data collected by a number of Government research and private sector organisations during RWC 2003. The RWC Tournament consisted of a total of 48 matches, including 40 pool matches and eight finals over a six-week period in October to November 2003. Matches were spread across 11 venues in ten cities (Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Gosford, Launceston, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Townsville and Wollongong). The Semi Finals and Final were played in Sydney at Telstra Stadium. URS was commissioned to first, estimate the economic impacts of RWC 2003 on the Australian and its State economies and second, to quantify the contribution of Commonwealth Government agencies to the staging of the Tournament. The report outlines the process and the results estimated for the economic impact of RWC 2003. The quantification of the Commonwealth Government agencies contribution to staging the RWC 2003 was provided to DITR via a separate report. The activities associated with RWC 2003 had a number of economic impacts on the Australian economy. Some of these were felt immediately and lasted for only a matter of weeks or months, while others are expected to be felt over the longer term.

Rugby World Cup (2015) Economic Impact Study 2014

Abstract: Since its inception in 1987, the increasing scale and reach of Rugby World Cup has helped attract a globalized audience and provided each Host Nation with significant opportunities to attract international tourism, develop infrastructure, advertise itself to investors from around the world and leave a lasting legacy of growing participation at all levels and across a diverse player spectrum. Rugby World Cup 2015 will attract more
international visitors than any previous Rugby World Cup, with up to 466,000 visits expected across the duration of the Tournament. These visitors bring with them significant incremental spending to the Host economy, from purchasing
tickets to travel costs, accommodation expense, match day entertainment and in visiting other local tourist attractions. In total, international visitors are expected to contribute up to £869 million in direct expenditure.