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Queenstown floated for America's Cup

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/11/2016

Team Japan and New Zealand compete during the second day of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World series, offshore Toulon © BORIS HORVAT / AFP Team Japan and New Zealand compete during the second day of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World series, offshore Toulon Queenstown could be the next New Zealand city to host the America's Cup, five-time winner Russell Coutts has suggested.

From a tourism point of view, Prime Minister John Key is all for it, but not necessarily if the government has to cover the cost.

"I suppose technically it's possible from the government's point of view, we have been putting some money as you're aware into the America's Cup but that's been reducing and so we'd just consider an application on its merits," he said.

"If they want to showcase New Zealand that's great and as Minister of Tourism I obviously welcome that, but that's obviously quite a different answer about whether we're going to give them money."

Auckland has hosted the America's Cup twice, in 2000 and 2003.

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