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Unicycling Provides Welcome Economic Boost For Wellington

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

Wellington will receive a welcome economic stimulus over the Christmas and New Year period from the hosting of the Unicycle World Championships. Known as the great Wellington shutdown period, it is a time when the hotels have their lowest occupancy period of the year with on average only 42% of beds booked.

Known as Unicon, the World Championships has attracted more than 550 international registrations with another 100 plus domestic competitors. Unicon will put at least 6,600 international bed nights in to Wellington plus a further 1,200 domestic bed nights.

"We conservatively believe that the direct spend in Wellington by competitors and supporters will exceed two million dollars with most of that being new international dollars." said event co-ordinator, Arthur Klap. "We deliberately chose this timing as it gave the maximum benefit to Wellington. Of course it will also provide the city with 10 days of top competition and entertainment in the centre of the city."

UniconXV is the biennial World Championships for unicyclists and this will be the first time in thirty years that it has been held outside the northern hemisphere. The Championships will be held in Wellington from 28 December through to 7 January with many of the events on the Wellington waterfront. Twenty three countries will be represented at the Championships.

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