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Mice Net : October 2008
wyd 08 Already there has been strong recognition that the event helped bring Sydney and Australia into focus internationally. And, according to Mr Steigrad, the Department of State and Regional Development has said that in economic terms the event was profitable for NSW. “Like the social capital aspect, they also can’t put a value on the potential repeat visitation that we’re going to get in the years to come. These kids will go back to their countries, get married, have children, and they will come back here with their families because they’ll remember that they had such a good time. “If you can do an event like World Youth Day and come out with positives like this then that has to be good.” Accolades for this event really did come from the Pope down. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI was reportedly overwhelmed with the quality and delivery of the event, as was Cardinal George Pell. “The event was seamless and for that I give thanks to the people of Sydney and Australia, and to all those who contributed to this magnificent international celebration of youth and faith," he said at its conclusion. "His Holiness has expressed his warm gratitude to the people of Sydney, the Australian Catholic Church, State and Federal Governments, WYD08 staff, volunteers and all others who contributed to this magnificent event." RIGHT: The Pope arrives at Barangaroo. OPPOSITE: Scene from Stations of the Cross, Friday July 18 2008. Broadcasted to 500 million on international TV. so much more If you’re looking for the ideal location to host your next business or social event, look no further than Sydney Showground. With more than 20 unique venues set on 30 hectares, we offer a level of fl exibility and choice that’s simply outstanding. Whether it’s a conference, an exhibition, a product launch, a fi lm shoot, a sporting event, an outdoor concert or a trade fair, you’ll fi nd Sydney Showground exceptionally accommodating with our award-winning catering team, convenient location, easy access and highly experienced staff. For more information or to request an information pack contact our Business Development Team today. Call (02) 9704 1263, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sydneyshowground.com.au mice.net 85