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What Does Rugby World Cup 2011 Mean To You?

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Scott Newman
Scott Newman
Rugby World Cup 2011

It's been a long time since the Rugby World Cup was first hosted by New Zealand & Australia back in 1987. With the tournament being just over 2 & a half years away. What does NZ need to do to make the event a complete success worldwide?

Rugby is New Zealand's biggest sport. Every major province has rugby clubs and a proud history. The All Blacks have come from the grass roots of the country and will be up for the challenge to compete for rugby's biggest prize, The Webb Ellis Trophy.

The contest is certainly not a given as the history of rugby world cups has left the rugby world rankings and favourites on an equal plateau to the rest.  The Rugby nations South Africa, Australia, France, England, Argentina & Wales have shown that they mean business as well.

There is a lot of work that needs to be put into the country in order to make this a great experience and I am definitely not just talking about the rugby. In order for this to be a great and memorable occasion for all we must start to look at what makes New Zealand a great place to come and visit.

We need to ensure that for the competition period that our public transport services are in top notch order. We have the train line right next to Eden Park that needs to be used. There will be a great need for coaches, buses and travel vans for travelling around the country. There will be a need for domestic flights and you would imagine all prices are likely to go up for rental vehicles & flights. Bringing out the leading tour companies to start pricing packages for tour groups around the rugby finals dates.

The accommodation industry will be buzzing as well. A lot of people will be coming earlier or staying on later to tour New Zealand since we are so far away from Europe, UK and America. It would be a great time to get ready to have more rooms available as all of the cities will fill up quick stretching the resources to the outskirts of towns.

What I want to point out here is that there will be thousands of people from around the world coming here to rugby safe New Zealand. We want to be aware of the potential boost in tourism and media coverage.  The rugby will play itself out. We want the people who visit to remember the time they spent in NZ was a pleasurable experience with no hassles with getting around, staying at places and enjoying the finer things like the vineyards, beaches and other tourist attractions.

We love our rugby in NZ. We need to show the world that we are not just the best in player depth, club pride and fans. That we also have an amazing country that you would feel comfortable visiting again because of how simple life can be here. Let's show the world that New Zealand is the place to be in 2011 and beyond.

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