Brisbane’s Asian Cup 2015 kick-off just one year away

9 Jan 2014 3:50 PMJann Stuckey

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Queensland sports fans have just one year to wait until the kick-off of the biggest international football tournament Queensland and Australia have ever hosted.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Jann Stuckey said the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 would cement our reputation as a major destination for international sporting events and building on the Government’s election promise to grow tourism.

“The competition officially starts in Melbourne on Friday 9 January, with Suncorp Stadium hosting its first match the next day,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Throughout the 23-day tournament, Suncorp Stadium will be the site for six games and a qualifying final.

“There will be plenty of opportunities for local football fans and visitors to experience the thrill of an international soccer match.

“While the final draw has not yet been confirmed, Brisbane will host each of the top ranked teams in each pool which guarantees at least one match with the Socceroos as well as the likes of Japan and Iran.”

Ms Stuckey said 16 countries from around Asia would be playing in the 32-game festival, including Australia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Uzbekistan, Qatar, Iran and Kuwait, Japan, Republic of Korea and DPR Korea.

“45,000 international visitors are expected to flock here to be a part of the event,” she said.

 Globally, 500 million people are expected to tune in to watch the games exposing Australian and Queensland to a vast international audience.

“The Newman Government has committed to growing the Queensland tourism industry by doubling annual overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.

“International events such as the AFC Asian Cup, help drive visitors to Queensland and achieve our tourism goals.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity to showcase Brisbane and the rest of Queensland to the world, and our tourism authorities will be working hard to maximise the benefits.”

For more information on AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 visit www.afcasiancup.com (external site) ( http://www.afcasiancup.com/ )

[END] 9 January 2014