Sun, Sand and Sports
The Caribbean is selling itself to sports fans, starting with cricket. Governments are already spending millions to prepare for the 2007 Cricket World Cup.
Cricket is the national sport of the English-speaking
Caribbean, but in the past hard times have prevented
governments from investing more money in stadiums or their
teams. However, that's about to change with the advent of the
2007 Cricket World Cup, which will be played in stadiums in
eight Caribbean countries and which is expected to bring in
more than 100,000 fans from cricketing nations such as England,
India, Australia and South Africa. Recent matches between
England and the West Indies cricket team held in Barbados have
attracted almost 10,000 visitors, largely from the UK, and
injected $24 million into the Barbadian economy. Some observers
are hoping the next World Cup will bring in about $400 million
for the host countries. To that end, host governments are
investing more than $200 million in stadiums, adding capacity
and upgrading six different cricket grounds and building two
new ones. The dual-island nation of...
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