100,000 MORE REGISTRANTS NEEDED AT WYD, TO AVOID RED INK
Lagging Sign-ups Linked to Sept. 11 and Concerns for Pope's Health
TORONTO, JULY 18, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Media speculation about John Paul II's health, coupled with
post-Sept. 11 fears about terrorism, have hurt registrations for World Youth Day and could put the
event in the red, its organizers say.
Organizers initially hoped that 350,000 registrants would contribute about $50 million (Canadian) -- just
over US $32 million. To date, only 200,000 people have registered.
If 100,000 possible participants fail to register, the deficit could reach $25 million (Canadian).
"WYD's financial objective is to break even," the organizers explained in a statement. "The Canadian
Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), as the main sponsor, is assuming responsibility for any
deficit and will receive any surplus."
The highest fee for registration is $250 (Canadian) -- or US $165. It guarantees accommodation, food,
transport and participation in all events.
The cost of WYD is about $80 million (Canadian). The majority of expenses are incurred providing
direct services to participants: meals, accommodation, transportation and staging.
The rest of the revenue comes from sponsors ($15 million-$16 million Canadian); government loans
and subsidies ($4.9 million Canadian); sale of official WYD articles ($2.7 million Canadian), and
collections to be taken in Canadian parishes.
The organizers said full details about WYD's revenues and expenses will be provided following the