World Youth Day 2008
WorldYouth Day 2008
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
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
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
• 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
• 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
• Approximately 20,000 will stay in Sydney hotels and
• 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.
Contact us at: thechamber.com.au or nswbusinesschamber.com.au