The total positive economic effect of the FIFA World Cup on the Russian economy exceeded 950 billion roubles, with an annual increase over the next five years estimated at 150–210 billion roubles, according to the final report of the Russia 2018 Local Organizing Committee.
“The total impact of the 2018 FIFA World Cup for the period 2013–2018 is estimated at 952 billion roubles, or around 1% of Russia’s GDP. This a result of investments into infrastructure, money spent by tourists during the tournament, and other expenditures during the preparations for the event,” the report reads.
The Local Organizing Committee notes that the increase in GDP from 2013 to 2018 led to a growth in labour income of 459 billion roubles, with up to 315,000 jobs being created per year. Tax revenues also increased by 164 billion roubles.
The contribution made by most regions to the preparations for and holding of the 2018 FIFA World Cup accounted for 2–6% of their Gross Regional Product (GRP) per year, and 20% and 17% for the Kaliningrad Region and the Republic of Mordovia, respectively.
The infrastructure created as part of the preparations for and holding of the 2018 FIFA World Cup may provide additional GDP growth of 150–210 billion roubles per year over the next five years.
“Following the World Cup, GDP growth will be driven by the overall growth in tourism in the regions that hosted World Cup matches and the comprehensive development of the territories, mainly those located nearby the stadiums, which were provided with infrastructure as part of the preparations for the tournament,” the report states.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup started on 14 June and the final was played on 15 July. Proxy Centre company was responsible for providing transport for client groups during the tournament and other related events in three of the four territorial clusters: Western, Central and Southern. Vehicles were provided by Mercedes and World Cup partners Hyundai and KIA. The company provided speedy solutions to logistics issues, as well as greeting and sending off high-level participants. Proxy Centre organized the work of transport desk and transport zone supervisors in 11 host cities. Teams of supervisors worked in the arrivals areas of airports and stations, as well as in hotels and at the stadiums. Supervisor team leaders were present in every city, ensuring the quality of services provided in all locations. A total of 455 people worked at the transport desks and transport zones during the World Cup, including 150 in Moscow.
Proxy Centre had been involved in the preparations for and holding of other events connected to the World Cup, including the FIFA Confederations Cup held in Russia in June–July 2017 and the Final Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia that took place in the State Kremlin Palace on 1 December 2017.
Experts from Proxy Centre also provided transport services during the 2018 World Cup participating teams workshop in Sochi and the inspection visits of FIFA representatives in the host cities.