ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 set to boost city economy

ICC Cricket World Cup (Men's) Trophy at Lord's Cricket Ground

This Summer’s Cricket World Cup will significantly boost Manchester’s hospitality economy, says Adrian Ellis, chairman of Manchester Hoteliers’ Association (MHA).

He said he is delighted that the Old Trafford stadium will host six world cup matches, more than any other host city or town.

The 2019 Cricket World Cup will be held from May 30 to July 14.

Among the matches to be held in Manchester are India versus Pakistan, Australia and South Africa, England’s game against Afghanistan, as well as one of the semi-finals.

Adrian said the increase of visitors to Manchester because of the Cricket World Cup will coincide with huge music events.

“The 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will ensure that there is a boom in the number of people visiting Manchester during the early part of this Summer.

“It will be a wonderful tournament and there’ll no doubt be a carnival atmosphere across the city when India play Pakistan at Old Trafford on Sunday, June 16, and England match up against Afghanistan on Tuesday, June 18, at the same stadium.”

He added: “With Manchester favourites Courteeners playing at Heaton Park, Metallica performing at the Etihad Stadium, and Sounds of the City at Castlefield Bowl all taking place during the Cricket World Cup, I predict that hotels, bars and restaurants will be very busy.

“It will be another great Summer for Manchester, with so many other events taking place, too.”

The 2019 Cricket World Cup has 10 host cities and 11 venues where matches will be played.

Speaking at an MHA general managers meeting, Michael Gaughan, transport manager for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, said: “This is the world’s greatest cricket celebration and Manchester is our biggest city in terms of number of matches being played there.

“It’s going to be a very busy city with all the games at Old Trafford already sold out.

“If you like cricket, this is definitely the year for you.”