The announcement that one of the three most important annual cycling events is coming to the Illawarra in late 2022 has today been welcomed by the region’s peak business body as a huge boost for the regional economy.
The Road World Championships are a week-long, annual road cycling event promoted by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and, together with the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia, forms the ‘triple crown of cycling’.
Yesterday it was announced that Wollongong has secured the hosting rights for the event in 2022; bringing with it an international viewing audience of 200 million people and 500 media outlets.
Today the Illawarra Business Chamber commended the work of the NSW Government, Wollongong City Council, Destination Wollongong and Cycling NSW in securing this important event for the Illawarra and dedicated the enthusiastic support of the business community in welcoming up to 300,000 spectators to the region.
Illawarra Business Chamber Executive Director Adam Zarth said that the event would create significant economic uplift in the regional economy, and would profile the Illawarra to a global audience as a premier events and tourism destination.
“This is fantastic news for the thousands of Illawarra businesses who will benefit both directly and indirectly from a predicted $94 million influx to the state economy,” said Mr Zarth.
“On behalf of the business community, I’d like to congratulate this successful partnership between the NSW Government, Wollongong City Council, Destination Wollongong and Cycling NSW in bringing this fantastic event to our region,”
“We expect the benefits to flow beyond just the eight days of the event, as it will create business confidence and jobs in the lead up to the event, and with a global viewing audience of 200 million people we expect the tourism boom to continue long after the last race,”
“The Illawarra was chosen in part due to the peerless beauty of our natural environment, but this win couldn’t have been achieved without a close collaboration across levels of government and key tourism and sport bodies,”
“Our local tourism, hospitality operators, together with their supporting partners, stand ready to make the 2022 Road World Championships in Wollongong the best ever,” he said.