Auckland continues to make its mark on the global stage as an international events city, winning three awards at the 2016 SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Cities Awards and being ranked fourth overall in the world.
Auckland was named Best Medium Sports City (1.3 million to 3 million) for the second time running, as well as securing awards for Best Events Strategy and Best Security. Auckland is also ranked fourth overall, behind New York, London and Melbourne.
Across 2014 and 2015 Auckland hosted the ICC Cricket World Cup, FIFA U-20 World Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race Auckland stopover.
The results were announced last night at the SportAccord Convention in Lausanne, Switzerland, the annual international event focusing on connecting sports events rights holders, organising committees, host cities, media, businesses and other organisations involved in the development of sport.
Auckland was competing in the biennial awards alongside other great international sporting cities including Calgary, Copenhagen, Glasgow, London, Los Angeles, Manchester, Melbourne, New York and Tokyo.