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SOURCE New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
The Kiwi love affair with the City by the Bay during the summer of sailing
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kiwis who have called San Francisco home for the past several months are heading back to New Zealand following the 34th America's Cup. As they go, they are filled with gratitude for the overwhelming hospitality shown to them by the city of San Francisco.
"Californians and New Zealanders have always shared a deep affection as people of the Pacific, and we maintain strong tourism and trading relationships. The America's Cup enabled us to take this relationship to a new level. The hospitality we enjoyed during the Cup and the outpouring of support shows the affinity we share. We are truly grateful for the support we received and we want to thank San Francisco's leaders, businesses and residents for welcoming us with such open arms both on and off the water," says Leon Grice, New Zealand's Consul General, Los Angeles. "Kiwi companies have built even stronger ties with Bay Area leaders and investors. We are disappointed that we didn't bring the Cup back to New Zealand, but we are very proud of Emirates Team New Zealand and we congratulate successful defender ORACLE TEAM USA," says Grice.
While the action on the water captivated audiences around the world, the regatta also offered New Zealand a significant business opportunity to showcase New Zealand's technology, marine, health, food, and beverage sectors through more than 80 events across San Francisco.
"Our experience in San Francisco, one of the world's iconic cities, has been unbelievably positive," said Briony Ellis, Director of New Zealand's America's Cup Business Program. "The business relationships and partnerships we've been able to create have exceeded our expectations and provided a platform to showcase some of the best of New Zealand. At the end of the day, business is all about relationships between people- he tangata. The relationships formed during our program will foster ongoing economic and cultural ties between New Zealand and San Francisco."
A few other facts about New Zealand's presence in the Bay include:
For media interested in additional information on New Zealand's activity in the Bay during the America's Cup, please contact:
Charlotte Simcock, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise
+1 646 552 5803
Stephanie Rosa, Mercury
+1 916 307 7087
About New Zealand at the America's Cup: The best of New Zealand came to San Francisco for the 2013 America's Cup. As a proud supporter of Emirates Team New Zealand, we showcased the finest our country has to offer during the three-month regatta – from marine innovation and technology to food and wine. For more information about New Zealand at the America's Cup, visit www.newzealand.com/americascup, or follow us at @NZ_Global.
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