Bell welcomes successful bid to host Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017

Published on : Sunday, May 17, 2015

Tourism Northern IrelandEnterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Jonathan Bell has welcomed the announcement that the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 will be held in Belfast and Dublin.


Speaking after it was outlined that the semi-finals and finals would be held at Queens University Sport and the newly developed Kingspan Stadium, Minister Jonathan Bell said: “It is a real honour that Belfast has been chosen to host the Women’s Rugby World Cup Finals in 2017. I would like to commend the previous DETI Minister, Arlene Foster, in the work she and other stakeholders have done to ensure the success of this bid. Rugby is rapidly emerging as one of the most popular team sports for women and there are now more than 1.7million players worldwide. With fans travelling to support their respective teams women’s rugby has an important role to play in raising the profile of Northern Ireland across the world.


“Key benefits in hosting the World Cup include global media coverage, the increase in visitor numbers and of course the economic benefits that brings. Northern Ireland is increasingly being seen on screens across the world as the home of big sporting events. I am confident the hosting of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in both Dublin and Belfast in 2017 will be a huge success and I hope the Ireland team can replicate their recent RBS Six Nations success. With our passionate fans and family friendly venues I am sure the players, visitors and local supporters alike will enjoy a spectacular tournament.”


Source:- Tourism NI


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