There is growing scepticism within the marine industry the projected number of superyachts set to cruise into Auckland for the 2021 America's Cup will not be met - costing the local economy hundreds of millions of dollars.

A 2017 report commissioned by Auckland Council projected 160 international superyachts would arrive for the 2021 America's Cup - estimated to inject $436 million into the New Zealand economy.

This 160 superyacht number outlined in the Market Economics report was still being pushed as accurate this month by NZ Marine's director Peter Busfield - the main recruiter of superyacht visitors to New Zealand

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