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EURO 2008 in Austria and Switzerland: Creating 10,000 Jobs in Austria

EURO 2008
May 15, 2008

European Soccer Championship Makes Great Economic Impact

The positive economic impact of the European Soccer Championship (EURO) 2008 in June 2008 is likely to surpass all expectations. Austria will benefit from value added of about 600 million EUR in tourism, the media and the telecommunications sector. SportsEconAustria (SpEA) - an institute set up by the initiative of the Austrian Federal Chancellery - predicts the Austrian tourism sector will grow by 7% this year. The average stay of a EURO 2008 soccer fan in Austria is estimated to be four nights. The soccer event is expected to create more than 10,000 jobs, including about 6,000 on a sustainable basis.

The official website of the European Championship (EURO) 2008,
http://en.euro2008.uefa.com/ , informs millions of soccer fans on the Internet about the tournament, thereby also promoting Austria and Switzerland. UEFA expects a total of 1.2 billion page hits. The homepage can be viewed in ten languages and will transmit all 31 games by live video stream. In addition, it will offer live reports (text and image), the latest news, exclusive interviews and blogs, fantasy games and prize competitions, an online fan shop, huge archives, etc.

www.euro2008.com is the first point of contact for fans coming to Austria and Switzerland and searching for information on the host countries and venues as well as for travel information.

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