The World Junior Squash Championships boosted Tauranga's regional economy by nearly $1 million.

In a statement released by Tauranga City Council today, the champs increased the regional gross domestic profit by $991,000.

The event brought 28 nations to Tauranga, competing in 500 matches from July 19 to 29. There were more than 15,000 visits to the games and 150 volunteers involved.

Mayor Greg Brownless said the figures re-enforced the importance of international events for Tauranga and its residents.


"The championship was much more than a sports tournament for the city with athletes competing from all around the world," Mr Brownless said.

"Tauranga has again shown its capability to host international events like this. It was outstanding to see our community getting behind it and give the 371 athletes, coaches and managers from around the globe a warm welcome to our city.

"Events like this build community spirit and local pride, they promote our region and boost the local economy. They play a key role in our city and Council was a proud supporter and host of this top-notch event."

Mr Brownless said the champs were an outstanding example of the council getting behind major events and boosting our region in the off-peak season.

Jim O'Grady, chief executive of Squash NZ, said Tauranga has set the benchmark for others to follow.

"I have received numerous glowing reports from around the world rating this event as one of the best yet which is a huge compliment and one that the organising team can be immensely proud of," Mr O'Grady said.

Wayne Werder, chairman of the WSF World Junior Squash Championships, said the support shown by the local community was exceptional and a tribute to the pride people had in their city.

Tauranga City Council supported the event through its major events fund as a strategic partner together with WSF World Squash, Squash New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand.

By the numbers:

6329 visitor nights in Tauranga, with each visitor staying an average of nine nights.

$1,524,000 in regional output

$991,000, the increase in regional GDP

Return on regional investment of 422 per cent.

15,000 people watched the games

356 individuals played

144 women's teams matches were held