Tourism Impact Kick-starts as Women’s Rugby World Cup Countdown Begins
With the clock ticking down to Dublin’s hosting of the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup, tourists visiting the capital were given the opportunity to get up and close and personal with the coveted trophy as it continues its tour of the country. The Fáilte Ireland Visit Dublin centre on Suffolk Street was the trophy’s home for today (Monday 19th June) alerting visitors to the fact that Ireland will be hosting this prestigious event.
Picture Shows: Nikki Caughey (left) and Nora Stapleton (right), Ireland's Women's rugby squad pictured with Paul Kelly, CEO, Fáilte Ireland with the Women’s Rugby World Cup at Dublin Castle.
Kicking off on August 5th, the Women’s Rugby World Cup will see 12 national rugby teams play in a series of matches in Dublin (UCD) and Belfast (Queens University and Kingspan Stadium). The tournament format will see 18 pool stage matches taking place in UCD and 12 knock out stage matches hosted in the two Belfast venues. With large numbers of visiting team members, officials, supporters and spectators expected to arrive, the event is estimated to generate 15,000 bed night numbers and significant additional tourism revenue for Dublin.
Speaking about the importance of securing such a high profile event for Ireland, Paul Kelly CEO of Fáilte Ireland stressed - “We are delighted to be hosting the Women’s Rugby World Cup – particularly given the growing popularity of women’s rugby and the event’s potential benefit for Irish tourism. Fáilte Ireland is always very keen that any international event we bring here showcases Ireland’s ability to stage international events brilliantly and we are sure that the experience in August - for both athletes and spectators – will truly demonstrate our capacity to host high profile international events of scale.”
Fáilte Ireland has been working closely with the IRFU and other stakeholders in the build up to the holding of the Women’s Rugby World Cup - including sponsorship of €300,000 for the event as well as supporting the hosting of the World Rugby Women’s Repechage Event in June 2016 and the World Rugby Women’s Sevens tournament in August 2015.
Garret Tubridy, Tournament Director, Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 said - “We are hugely grateful for the support of Failte Ireland. Unlike a regular game day we will have visitors form 12 nations at the venue at each match day which will create a very special atmosphere. We know the Irish welcome is renowned world-wide and we hope to bring a flavour of it to the tournament.”