23 May 2010

$12m for entertaining during Rugby World Cup

12:56 pm on 23 May 2010

The Government has allocated $12 million in the Budget for ministers to entertain overseas guests during next year's Rugby World Cup.

It says the money will be used on showcasing New Zealand to a wide variety of international visitors, including spending on official events, accommodation and hospitality.

It says the cost of hosting guests is expected to be higher than normal, so it has boosted the usual annual amount of $4 million allocated for taking care of international guests to $16 million.

A spokesperson from the Rugby World Cup Minister Murray McCully's office, says it's too early to say how the $12 million will be spent.

The spokesperson says no one has been confirmed to visit yet, and he wouldn't say ahead of time who would visit, for security reasons.