Speaking at a Durban Chamber of Commerce tourism discussion yesterday, Mark Alexander, chairman of the 2022 Commonwealth Games bid committee, said the economic benefit would be in the region of R25-billion.
“There will be 220000 tourists coming to this region spending pounds. And it won’t just be for the games. It will be a seven-year process because there will be teams coming to prepare for the event.
“The economic impact for the All Blacks playing one Test in Johannesburg is R400-million in one week. So imagine what seven years will bring in.
“We are working with a smart budget. There is no fancy stuff. When we leave after the games there will be no white elephants. We are not building monuments.
“I don’t want to talk too much about the soccer World Cup, but we learned a lot about building monuments that are not being fully utilised.”
Alexander said Durban had to convince the Commonwealth Games Federation of its suitability as host of the games.
The city became the only candidate when Canada pulled out, citing financial reasons.
“The federation has to make sure that what we put in our bid documents is true, and they must make sure that we can deliver the games.
“If we fail to meet the criteria they will go back to tender.