Surplus for games trust

The trust responsible for organising the New Zealand Masters Games in Dunedin is celebrating a $104,000 surplus.

The result came as figures showed the 2014 games attracted 5379 competitors to Dunedin, half from outside the city and many accompanied by supporters.

The average spend was $717 per person, mainly on accommodation, food and beverage, contributing to a total economic impact of $3.5 million for the city's economy, a survey of Masters Games participants showed.

Dunedin (New Zealand) Masters Games Trust co-ordinator Vicki Kestila credited the result to careful budgeting and naming rights sponsorship from the Southern Trust.

Trust chairman and Dunedin city councillor John Bezett said the results were ''particularly good'' given one of the games' major catchment areas, Christchurch, was still recovering from the Canterbury earthquakes.

A full report on the results would be presented to the Dunedin City Council's community and environment committee today.

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