Leeds set to earn over £20m during Rugby World Cup

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Leeds’ tourism industry is set for a multi-million pound boost when the city hosts two Rugby World Cup 2015 games, according to new figures.

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Number crunchers at GoEuro.co.uk, the search engine for comparing flights, coach and rail travel options across Europe, estimate that the city’s travel and tourism organisations - including local hotels, bars and restaurants - will earn £20,749,000 from incoming visitors.

The Rugby World Cup 2015 runs from September 18 to October 31 this year and Leeds is set to host two games at Elland Road as part of a weekend of rugby on September 26-27.

GoEuro.co.uk estimates the sporting event will generate nearly £1bn in total for the UK’s transport and tourism industry. London will be the biggest winner, with 17 matches earning the city £197m and earning transportation bosses an extra £15.4m as spectators descend on the capital. The research created an average of tourist expenditure by nationality of visitors. Visit www.goeuro.co.uk/revenue-generated-by-2015-rugby-world-cup.

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