Rugby has grown drastically in popularity over recent years, and people all over the world have fallen in love with the sport. This year, the 2015 Rugby World Cup is being held in the United Kingdom, and the tourism industry is set to deal with a huge boom catalyzed by this sizeable event. Many experts speculate that it will be the biggest boom in tourism that the country has experienced since the 2012 Olympics in London.
Rugby Brings a Welcomed Economic Boost to UK
The entire Rugby World Cup season spans from September through November, and all games are held in various locations around England. London is where a majority of the matches are being held, and the city plans on getting a massive influx of visitors throughout the area. There are some who estimate that there will be $1.56 billion dollars brought into the economy as a result of this boom - a considerable sum that will be graciously welcomed in the wake of a rocky past few years for the UK economy.
Money isn't the only measure of how truly large this event will be, though. There is estimated to be almost a half of a million visitors from all over the world arriving to see the 20 different teams that are involved throughout the entire Rugby World Cup event. England also expects over two million of its own citizens to participate in the proceedings for different games and events that are going to be occurring over the coming two month period of time.
A World Cup Event Cherished by All
This is great news for the transportation industry, especially, because many of the inbound visitors will be hopping from city to city in order to stay on top of each relevant game. On top of that, it is going to be great for local businesses in general, because out-of-towners are going to need to eat, find places to stay, and occupy their time in between rugby games. Several events, festivals, and gatherings are scheduled to kick off alongside rugby matches to add an element of fun for all.
Is The UK Ready for the Influx?
Many skeptics are curious to see if the UK is capable of dealing with the massive scale of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, but confidence has been running high. The country is especially well-equipped due to the leftover infrastructure from the Olympics 3 years prior. While some modifications will have to be made and there will have to be exceptions to deal with the specifics of this unique occurrence, no one seems all that worried, especially in and around London.