On the back of a report this week showing the Rugby World Cup 2015 was the most economically-successful ever, figures out from VisitBritain show double-digit growth in the number of visits from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa from October to December last year. Visits from New Zealand to the UK increased by 52 per cent to more than 40,000 with the Kiwis spending more than £63 million during this period, more than twice as much as in 2014.
ATP Event Experts has been appointed as an Official Travel Agent for Rugby World Cup 2015 and will offer a range of packages for the six week tournament which will take place across England and Wales from September 18th to October 31 2015. Tickets will be available to purchase through the dedicated ATP Event Experts team who will manage a range of spectator packages for the Tournament, providing a one-stop shop for visitors with combined deals for tickets, accommodation and travel.
As Tournament Organisers, England Rugby 2015 have announced the 12 venues across England which will host matches during Rugby World Cup 2015, national tourist board VisitEngland reiterated its commitment to maximise the benefit from this prestigious sports event for tourism. VisitEngland will work closely with the host destination management organisations, venues, and local authorities to support them in delivering the best possible experience for all visitors.
Officials have announced the full list of match venues and published the match schedule for the Rugby League World Cup, to be held in England in 2015. The 13 match venues and host cities selected include Twickenham, Wembley Stadium, and the Olympic Stadium, all in London, while the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff will also be called into action.
As the Rugby World Cup 2011 final approaches in New Zealand, VisitEngland has partnered with ex-England rugby legend Martin Corry to promote the 2015 event to potential domestic and overseas visitors. When the winners of the 2011 event are decided on Sunday in New Zealand England take over as the host nation.
The International Rugby Board has confirmed that four Unions are bidding to host either the Rugby World Cup 2015 or 2019. England, Italy, Japan and South Africa formally submitted their detailed tenders for the Rugby World Cup 2015, while all with the exception of England have confirmed their intention to bid for the 2019 tournament.