(MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA) – The Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, yesterday officially launched the International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup 2015 with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Federal Minister for Sport Don Farrell.
This Cricket World Cup is one of the world’s largest sporting events and will demonstrate Australia’s expertise in delivering outstanding major sporting events. It is expected to bring more than 50,000 international tourists to Australia, generating about $360 million in direct expenditure across Australia and New Zealand.
The World Cup will also reach a global audience of over 900 million people, putting Australia in the international spotlight as a preferred tourism, trade, and investment destination.
A total of 49 one-day matches will be played at venues in Australia and New Zealand. The Australian Government has made significant investments to upgrade many of the venues hosting matches, including the Sydney Cricket Ground, Adelaide, Bellerive, and Manuka Ovals.
For the cricket-loving nation, hosting the Cricket World Cup with New Zealand takes on greater meaning as 2015 also marks the ANZAC centenary. The Cricket World Cup 2015 is the 11th edition of the tournament and was previously hosted by Australia and New Zealand in 1992.
The Australian Government will work in partnership with the New Zealand Government, Local Organising Committee, the International Cricket Council, States, and Territories to deliver a world class event.
The Cricket World Cup is an exciting global sporting event and there is a commitment to maximising opportunities for Australian businesses and spectators.