Volvo Ocean Race: Big ecomomic benefit and visitors confirmed for NZ

Rachael Dacy makes a point during the media confernce flanked by Tom Mayo (left) and Knut Frostad (right) - Viaduct Harbour Media Tour, Volvo Ocean Race

'The benefits of the Volvo Ocean Race stopover to Auckland were spelled out by Rachael Dacy of Auckland Tourism and Economic Events. 'This event does means a lot to Auckland, injecting $30.3million into the Auckland economy'.

'We also have the Marine Showcase Expo happening in the Viaduct Event Centre', she added.

Then CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race Knut Frostad took up the running, 'I’m really happy to be back in New Zealand', he said recalling the two previous visits he made - first as a sailor and then as a skipper in the Race.

Tom Mayo Port Director for the stopover continued:' Volvo Group are bringing in about 1,000 people for the stopover from as far away as the Czech Republic, Asia Pacific and Australia. They are here for 4-5 days and will be attending the Volvo Awards which will be staged at the Hilton Hotel. There’s a large footprint that comes with the race in terms of visitors and international media,' he added.

The Volvo Village officially opens on Thursday at 8.00pm

Camper base - Viaduct Harbour Media Tour, Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Pavillion - Viaduct Harbour Media Tour, Volvo Ocean Race

Knut Frostad (right) remembers the good times in Auckland, with Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton

The rear end view of the entertainment area - Viaduct Harbour Media Tour, Volvo Ocean Race

The twin stages set up - Viaduct Harbour Media Tour, Volvo Ocean Race

Puma store is open for business - Viaduct Harbour Media Tour, Volvo Ocean Race

There are several Volvo simulators for cars and trucks - Viaduct Harbour Media Tour, Volvo Ocean Race

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The plug-in Volvo hybrid is a must see in the Volvo Pavillon - Viaduct Harbour Media Tour, Volvo Ocean Race

Doyle Sails inside the Marine Expo at the Viaduct Events Centre - Viaduct Harbour Media Tour, Volvo Ocean Race

Base lineup - Viaduct Harbour Media Tour, Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Pavilion - Viaduct Harbour Media Tour, Volvo Ocean Race