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Under-20 World Cup earned NZ $30.4m

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/05/2016

Prince Harry captains the NZ team playing the All Stars in a five a side game of football to promote FIFA Under 20 World Cup at the Cloud in 2015 © Chris Jackson/Getty Images Prince Harry captains the NZ team playing the All Stars in a five a side game of football to promote FIFA Under 20 World Cup at the Cloud in 2015 Hosting the 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup earned New Zealand more than $30 million.

A report that's just been released says the tournament attracted more than 3600 international visitors.

They generated 52,650 international visitor nights with an average stay of 14.3 nights.

More than 300,000 spectators attended 52 matches across the seven host cities.

The report by independent analysts says New Zealand's GDP was boosted by $30.4m

The government released it on Thursday.

"As well as turning on some great football moments, with 154 goals scored, hundreds of New Zealanders are now involved in the sport," said Sports Minister Jonathan Coleman.

"Youth football participation was up 13.4 per cent for 2015 and New Zealand Football recorded 1000 new volunteers."

The government invested $5.5m in the tournament and Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says the return reinforces the decision to put money into major international events.

Serbia beat Brazil 2-1 in the final.

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