What an extraordinary tournament. Across nearly 50
matches and almost 300 tries, in the end, the battle was between
Australia and New Zealand for the final on Saturday - and we all
know how that one went. Well done to the All Blacks!
You might not know that, here at QHotels,
we're massive rugby fans, so it's fair to say that we
were very excited to host the Tonga, Japan and Argentina teams this
tournament. Along with having the teams stay with us,
we've been lucky enough to serve the Fiji team Sunday lunch -
and that's not something you can say every day!
We were keen to get a little more insight into the
world of Rugby World Cup hosting, so we had a chat with Keith
Turnbull - the general manager at our Cheltenham Chase
"It's been superb. The thing about this sport is that people
support rugby, and not just a team. They are happy to applaud the
team that plays the best and that lends itself to having an amazing
"Here in Gloucestershire, the Kingsholme Stadium has been full,
with a great atmosphere, and that has spread to the hotel and the
"I was completely torn on who to support. As a Scot, I should
have some allegiances but it's hard having met so many of the
teams. When Tonga met Argentina, that was a tough match to
"The Rugby World Cup has benefited the area in lots of different
ways, and I'm sure has boosted all kinds of businesses across the
area. Hotels across the region have seen an increase in room rates
of nearly 15% in September, which has clearly been driven by
visitors from across the UK and overseas.
"I would expect to see this in most areas where
matches were hosted, and we're not the only QHotels hotel
to have teams staying, so we're seeing the impact across the
"The atmosphere has been unbelievable in Cheltenham! When Tonga
had their capping ceremony at Cheltenham Town Hall - where the
players are presented with their international caps - the streets
were packed and the public gave them a great reception.
"The players stayed around for hours afterwards, signing
autographs. They even entertained the crowds with some spontaneous
singing, which I believe is a big thing in Tongan culture."
Congratulations again to the New Zealand team - we'll see you
(in some capacity!) in Japan, 2019!
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