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									World Youth Day 2008
              Business Briefing
                                 WorldYouth Day 2008

                                           Executive Summary
                                           From 15 to 20 July 2008, Sydney will play host to the
                                           largest youth gathering in the world. An expected 500,000
                                           people will descend upon Sydney in a collective expression
                                           of their religious conviction and a celebration of their faith.

                                           When it comes to major events – it doesn’t get much
                                           bigger than this.

                                           World Youth Day 2008 (WYD08) represents a massive
                                           injection into the Sydney economy. The single largest
Executive Summary            1             gathering of people since the Sydney 2000 Olympics will
                                           generate tourism earnings, business opportunities, global
History of World Youth Day   2             brand positioning and cultural exchanges.
Sydney the Host City         2             WYD08 adds an important social dimension to the life of
                                           our city. The business community increasingly recognises
Fast Facts                   3
                                           the importance of developing a well-rounded city, taking
Economic Impact              4             into account the cultural and social factors which leads to
                                           the development of strong and competitive economies.

                                           The Sydney Chamber of Commerce is committed to
                                           providing a forum for the business community to shape
                                           Sydney’s future as a leading global city. As part off this
                                           objective, we see it as our role to champion the unique
                                           needs of our city and to ensure that Sydney becomes the
                                           number one place to live, learn, work and do business.

                                           WYD08 will further project Sydney as a leading global city
                                           and further boost the cultural credentials of our great city.

                                           The Hon. Patricia Forsythe
                                           Executive Director

WorldYouth Day 2008

History of WorldYouth Day                                              Sydney the Host City
Under the guidance of Pope John Paul II, World Youth Day was           During the conclusion ceremonies of the 2005 WYD
established in 1984 to create an opportunity for young people          celebrations in Cologne, Germany, Pope Benedict XVI
from around the world to celebrate their Catholic faith. WYD is        announced that Sydney would host the event in 2008.
held every year at a diocesan level and every two to three             Sydney’s hosting of WYD08 will be the tenth international
years it is held in an international host city.                        WYD since the inaugural event in 1984.

The pilgrimage has become a centrepiece event on the
Catholic Church’s calendar. WYD is aimed at young people
aged 16 to 35 years, but other ages are welcome throughout              Did you know?
the course of the event.                                                WYD08 will signify the first Papal visit since 1995 and mark
The week culminates in a Final Mass celebrated by the Pope              only the fourth Papal visit to the country.
on the last day. It is usually the largest event of the week and
in the past has drawn millions of people. The final mass for
WYD08 is expected to attract 500,000 people.                           The scale of WYD08, and the logistics behind it, will yet again
                                                                       showcase Sydney’s can-do credentials as a host city. With a
 Year       Host City                           Attendance             media contingent of 3,000 to 5,000 anticipated to attend the
                                                                       event, Sydney’s iconic attractions and enviable lifestyle will be
 1984       Rome, Italy                         300,000                well and truly broadcast to the world.
 1985       Rome, Italy                         300,000

 1987       Buenos Aires, Argentina             900,000                 Did you know?
 1989       Santiago de Compostela, Spain       400,000                 WYD08 will be the largest event Australia has hosted. It will
                                                                        attract over 125,000 international visitors – more than during
 1991       Czestochowa, Poland                 1,600,000
                                                                        the 2000 Olympics.
 1993       Denver, United States               900,000

 1995       Manila, Philippines                 4,000,000*

 1997       Paris, France                       1,200,000

 2000       Rome, Italy                         2,000,000

 2002       Toronto, Canada                     800,000

 2005       Cologne, Germany                    1,200,000

 2008       Sydney, Australia                   500,000**
*World’s largest papal gathering in history
**Projected figure

WorldYouth Day 2008

 WYD08 Fast Facts

 • Up to 500,000 people are expected to attend the Final
   Mass at Randwick Racecourse and Centennial Park

 • Up to 225,000 registered pilgrims are expected to
   arrive in Sydney for WYD08 including up to 125,000
   international visitors

 • 100,000 Australian pilgrims are expected, including
   40,000 from greater Sydney

 • An estimated 8,000 volunteers will assist with WYD08

 • An estimated 2,000 Clergy will be present

 • An estimated 700 Cardinals and Bishops will be

 • Between 3,000 to 5,000 media are expected to cover
   the event

 • His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will make his first visit
   to Australia for WorldYouth Day 2008. It will be the
   first Papal visit to Australia for 13 years

 • 100,000 will sleep in 700 schools and parishes

 • Up to 40,000 will be billeted as part of the
   HomeStay program

 • Approximately 20,000 will stay in Sydney hotels and
   backpacker accommodation

 • The four official WYD08 languages are: English,
   French, Italian and Spanish

WorldYouth Day 2008

Economic Impact                                                         Did you know?
The anticipated 500,000 WYD08 participants will signify a
                                                                        The size of WYD08 has meant that major food
substantial contribution to Sydney’s economy. With 125,000
                                                                        manufacturers have had to increase their production to
international visitors expected to visit Sydney specifically for
                                                                        cater for the massive increase in demand.
the event, WYD08 will be a major boost to Sydney and the
national tourism market.
                                                                       Due to the number of international visitors attending WYD08
                                                                       and the pressure this places on airports and hotels, many
 Did you know?
                                                                       pilgrims will be first travelling to Melbourne, Brisbane and
 The Department of Immigration has granted specific visa’s             other centres prior to the commencement of WYD08. As a
 for WYD08 pilgrims, entitling them to stay for up to                  result of this there will be, for example, a continuous convoy
 three months.                                                         of buses and coaches travelling from Melbourne to Sydney in
                                                                       the lead-up to WYD08.
WYD08 represents an unprecedented opportunity to                       To accommodate the visiting pilgrims over 700 venues,
showcase Sydney young people from across the world. At a               including classrooms and community halls, will accommodate
time when the business community is acutely feeling the                the majority of pilgrims throughout greater Sydney.
impact of skills shortages, WYD08 is a unique chance to show
potential employees what Sydney has to offer.

 Did you know?

 An economic impact study by the Sydney Chamber of
 Commerce estimates WYD08 will inject $231 million into
 the economy, comprising expenditure on food,
 accommodation, transport and other retail.

WYD08 will be a major boost for Sydney’s – and indeed
Australia’s – tourism industry. The industry employs an
estimated 112,300 people in the Sydney region, comprising
5.7 per cent of the workforce.

Even though the events of WYD08 are centred on Sydney,
there will also be significant economic benefits for
surrounding regions and the rest of the country. A wide range
of businesses – such as food manufacturers, hotels, retailers,
tour companies and entertainment venues – will benefit
directly from WYD08. There will also be a number of events
prior to the commencement of WYD08 from 10 to 14 July,
which is more good news for business.

                                                                                   Sydney Chamber of Commerce
                                                                                   Level 12, 83 Clarence Street,
                                                                                   Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
                                                                                   Tel: 02 9350 8100
                                                                                   Fax: 02 9350 8199

Sydney Chamber of Commerce is part of NSW Business Chamber and together            Sydney Chamber of Commerce thanks
we represent 30,000 businesses across the state, including 120 local Chambers of   Tourism NSW and World Youth Day 2008
Commerce. The Sydney Chamber of Commerce is a member-based organisation,           for their assistance in developing this
which includes major Sydney-based corporations and institutions.                   publication.

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