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19 Mar 2015
Strong visitor numbers are again expected in Wellington this weekend as the ICC Cricket World Cup quarter-final clash between New Zealand and the West Indies headlines a programme of big events in the city.
Positively Wellington Tourism CEO David Perks says Wellington will again be near capacity this weekend.
“As a must-win game for New Zealand in front of a sell-out crowd, the atmosphere in the city will be electric this weekend,” Mr Perks says.
“With the Wellington Food & Wine Festival and Caffeination both perfectly positioned alongside the fan trail, and Wellington City Council putting on a magnificent fireworks display to celebrate, Wellington will absolutely, positively be party central.”
Caffeination – the New Zealand Festival of Coffee at TSB Bank Arena - will feature tastings, demonstrations, workshops and the New Zealand Barista Championship, says Festival Organiser Dean Bradley.
“Jamaica is a famous coffee-producing nation, so we’re looking forward to a few Windies fans coming in to check out the local product. Plus we’re on both Saturday and Sunday, so it’s a perfect way for BLACKCAPS fans to kick-start a day exploring the city.”
As well as the word of mouth being generated by visitors in town for the tournament, the tournament’s television audience of around 1 billion people is providing priceless promotion for Wellington, Mr Perks says.
“Wellington Regional Stadium is ideally positioned for television coverage that showcases the city as a destination. During the previous matches we’ve had stunning aerial shots looking back across the harbour to the city at sunset, beamed into millions of homes around the world.”
With latest statistics revealing January guest nights hit a 15-year high this year, BLACKCAPS skipper Brendon McCullum wasn’t the only one breaking records in Wellington this summer, Mr Perks says.
“Wellington has had a phenomenal summer, and with the quarter-final this weekend and the inaugural CubaDupa festival next week, autumn is off to an incredible start too.”