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Leaders hungry for major events

Bay leaders believe Tauranga has the potential to become an events destination which will pump millions into the economy and drive tourism growth.

The project has gathered momentum after the success of the AIMS Games and ongoing developments to Bay Oval that would cement its rating as a world-class facility.

On Tuesday, the Black Caps beat Sri Lanka in a one-day international at Tauranga in front of a sellout crowd of about 7000 which was repeated again on Thursday when the Kiwis clinched another victory in the Twenty20 match.

Over the next 10 years Tauranga City Council is to pump about $7.7 million into events that have the potential to generate financial gains and showcase the city.

Mayor Stuart Crosby said the council had a strong leadership role to play and "I think as a city we are starting to mature as an event destination but first you have to have the facilities."


Sell-out crowds at the cricket earlier this week were a prime example of "build it and they will come," he said.

 

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