The next steps in New Zealand's four-year campaign build-up to hosting Rugby World Cup 2011 have been announced by Rugby World Cup Minister Trevor Mallard, following the conclusion of the 2007 event in Paris on Saturday.
Mr. Mallard congratulated South Africa for winning the tournament and France for being superb hosts.
"It has been a thrilling tournament full of surprises and highs and lows, and France has done a fantastic job ensuring it was an event to remember for thousands of visiting spectators. This all bodes well for New Zealand in 2011," Mallard told NZPA.
"New Zealand will be in the international spotlight and we very much look forward to welcoming international guests in 2011 and showing New Zealand and all it has to offer to the world.
The 2011 Rugby World Cup is estimated to inject more than NZ$500m ($360m) into the economy, including NZ$250m ($180m) into Auckland.
The Government would be working to showcase New Zealand during the event.
"With this in mind, I am pleased to announce that we will be launching a Rugby World Cup 2011 leveraging and legacy project in the next couple of months - aimed at ensuring that this tournament delivers lasting and tangible economic, environmental and social benefits to New Zealand," he said.
The project would be headed by a soon-to-be-appointed high profile business person.
"A Rugby World Cup government liaison office will also open in the near future, to work with Rugby New Zealand 2011 Ltd, the tournament organiser, and to be the single point of contact for the government leveraging and legacy and other cross government planning," said Mr Mallard.
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