Brisbane will host the 2032 Olympic games from 23 July to 8 August 2032 in what will be the third time Australia has held the event. Here’s what our economy is set to gain.
Brisbane is also the smallest city by population to host the games since 1952 and Westpac is predicting a massive economic boost for the small population.
But there is some controversy around whether the games are actually beneficial to the countries that host them.
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This is what we know.
Potential $17 billion economic boost
“This is a big win for Queensland that will have positive impacts for the entire country, as Australia has another opportunity to be showcased on the global stage,” King said.
“New investments in infrastructure, including roads and public transport networks, can also be made across larger areas, benefiting more people. We expect tourism will increase across a wider region, which is good news for the Queensland economy.”
Westpac Business Bank Chief Economist, Besa Deda, said the economic boost gained from hosting an Olympic Games is significant.
“In the case of the 2032 Games, it is possible we will see at least $17 billion of economic and social benefits for Australia, with around $8 billion of that flowing into Queensland. The 2000 Sydney Olympic Games were estimated to inject around $6 billion into the Australian economy.
“The 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games will be the first Summer Games to be held across multiple cities, allowing existing infrastructure to be used and reducing costs, which will spread the economic benefits.”
How much do the Olympic games cost?
The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics has so far cost the most at a whopping $55 billion, followed by the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics at $40 billion and the 2012 London Summer Olympics at $14.6 billion.
The Sydney 2000 Olympics were the 10th most expensive games so far, costing the country $4.2 billion.