About the 2019 World Women’s Handball Championship

This tournament is held every two years to decide the world champions of women’s handball. The 1997 World Men’s Handball Championship in Kumamoto was a big success, with matches held in four arenas (Park Dome Kumamoto, Kumamoto City Gymnasium, Yatsushiro City Gymnasium, and Yamaga City Gymnasium) in three cities, and over 200,000 spectators came to watch. Foreign media also came in droves, setting a new annual record of about 120,000 foreign guests staying at hotels in Kumamoto, a 160% increase over the previous year. The tournament is expected to have a financial impact of around 6.4 billion yen.