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Rugby fans 'to boost New Zealand travel'

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3 March 2010

New Zealand travel will be boosted by an increase in the number of holidaymakers making the trip to support their team during the rugby World Cup in 2011, it has been predicted.

Writing for the Daily Telegraph, Charles Starmer-Smith noted that 25,000 fans from Britain and Ireland are likely to make the journey next year.

Work has already started on Auckland's Eden Park Stadium, which is to increase its capacity to 60,000 seats, in an effort to prepare for the tournament, he added.

Europe's regional manager for Tourism New Zealand, Gregg Anderson, was quoted as saying that UK and Ireland contingents are expected to make up the largest proportion of visitors coming to the country during this period.

He remarked: "The way in which the tournament is structured presents the perfect opportunity for fans to travel the length and breadth of New Zealand in between matches."

The organisation recently recruited for a new caretaker position looking after d'Urville Island, a role that was described as a "dream job".

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