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The IIHF men’s Under-20 World Championship Division II Group A is estimated to have generated over £250,000 to the local economy in Dumfries.

The six-team tournament was won by Korea who made an immediate return to Division I, while Lithuania took home silver and GB secured bronze.

The income to local business and accommodation providers comes from the teams and officials expenditure in local hotels, the money spent in the local economy from hundreds of supporters who descended on Dumfries and the services such as coach hires and catering needed to deliver the event.

In addition to the great support at Dumfries Ice Bowl, there were over 100,000 views on the free YouTube broadcasts.

Andy French, General Secretary of Ice Hockey UK, said: “We are really pleased with how well things have gone in Dumfries since the Korean team arrived in the town at the start of December.

“I’d like to thank all of the officials, volunteers and the staff of Dumfries and Galloway Council for their contribution to a fantastic World Championship.”

Councillor Ian Blake, Chair of the Council’s Communities Committee, said: “The Ice Bowl hosted a well-managed, sporting and exciting International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship.

“The council’s skilled, knowledgeable and good-humoured staff have helped sports and economic development for the area and created a very good impression of Dumfries for the many participants and spectators of this tournament.”

Councillor Jackie McCamon, Vice-Chair of the Communities Committee, said” “Dumfries Ice Bowl continues to be an important sporting and economic hub for Dumfries and the wider region.

“It has proved time and again that it is a reliable venue for ice hockey, ice dancing and curling tournaments – and the council’s Events Strategy 2023-2027 is clearly helping to attract and sustain many international quality events for Dumfries and Galloway.”