Hosting the FIFA World Cup 2018 will have significant positive impact on the economic and social development of the Russian cities
“The World Cup will be hosted by 11 cities; according to various estimates, the costs of the Russian Federation for preparation amounted to about 620–640 billion roubles; some estimates were 500 billion roubles. But it is not only the reconstruction of sports facilities: it is the development of transport infrastructure, construction of new airports, modernization of public transport, social infrastructure,” — Sergei Cheryomin, Head of Department for Foreign Economic Activity and International Relations, Moscow City Government; Chairman of the Board, Business Council for Cooperation with the Republic of India.
“From the economic standpoint, there are three aspects. First of all, the infrastructure. The second effect is the impact of sports on the economy. All of this requires a scientific, analytical approach. The industry of sports, football in particular, has become so huge… The third aspect <…> is the socio-economic impact, <…> the impact that the World Cup will have on youth football, on development of football, on involvement of people into sports activities,” — Shlomo Weber, Rector, Academic Head, Center for the Study of Diversity and Social Interactions, New Economic School; Professor, Southern Methodist University.
“The infrastructure is being created; the fact that the tournament is hosted by different cities is very good for our country, <...> because different economic aspects are involved, particularly road construction, infrastructure, ways of connecting different regions, ways for entrepreneurs to earn money are being created,” — Alexander Ivlev, Country Managing Partner for Russia, EY.
“The World Cup will be hosted by 11 cities, which will allow foreign visitors not only to see Moscow and St. Petersburg, but to visit the Russian regions as well,” — Victoria Lopyreva, Ambassador of the FIFA World Cup 2018.
“Speaking of what we can achieve, above all, it is the development of foreign trade; entrepreneurship will develop in different segments: trade, souvenirs, merchandise, food, transportation, guide services, accommodation. All that means small and medium-sized enterprises can make money,” — Alexander Ivlev, Country Managing Partner for Russia, EY.
“When fans arrive to see a football game, they stay at hotels, they visit restaurants, they order food; that leads to development of small and medium-sized businesses,” — Victoria Lopyreva, Ambassador of the FIFA World Cup 2018.
“An event of a grand scale, such as the World Cup or the Olympic Games, takes up a small place in the entire country’s economy. According to some estimates, the World Cup in 2014 allowed to increase Brazil’s GDP by 0.6%. It will have a much greater effect on development of particular economy sectors. Spendings of some 700,000 foreign visitors is estimated at around 2 billion euros. For comparison, 310,000 people arrived to South Africa for the World Cup,” — Victoria Lopyreva, Ambassador of the FIFA World Cup 2018.
“Several years ago, in accordance with the targeted government programmes, Moscow did the same, not only getting ready for the World Cup, of course, because the infrastructure would later be used for citizens, tourists, and guests of the capital city, who arrive in huge numbers,” — Sergei Cheryomin, Head of Department for Foreign Economic Activity and International Relations, Moscow City Government; Chairman of the Board, Business Council for Cooperation with the Republic of India.