Etihad Airways has welcomed guests to the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with a flypast of its Airbus A380 flagship. Filmed in partnership with the Al Fursan Aerobatics team, the exhibition was a highlight of the final weekend of the F1 season. Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg won his first Formula 1 world title following during the event, edging out team mate Lewis Hamilton.
Barcelona, a Tour de France winner, Wimbledon All English Lawn Championship, and the English football Premier League will headline the inaugural Global Sports Tourism Summit at WTM London. The Global Sports Tourism Summit at WTM London takes place on Monday, November 7th in Platinum Suite 1.
A trio of contenders in the inaugural Ras Al Khaimah 2016 Golf Challenge experienced ‘High Tee’ with a difference, as they scaled the towering Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest mountain, before firing a series of blistering drives into the rocky caverns of the lunar-like landscape of the Al Hajar mountains. Sweden’s Joel Sjöholm, Dutchman Jurrian Van der Vaart and Monaco’s Sandro Piaget were a couple of hundred metres short of Jebel Jais’s 1,934 metre peak for the elevated tee box specially created by Ras Al Khaimah’s Tourism Development Authority.
Malaysia Airlines Berhad has struck a deal with Liverpool Football club to become the official Global airline partner. The deal brings together two major international brands: Malaysia Airlines and Liverpool FC, with 18 League titles and five time champions of Europe.
The National Football League has generated an average impact of US$75 million on hotel room revenue during the past eight seasons, according to a study by STR’s consulting and analytics division. In 2015, the NFL had a net impact of US$77 million on hotel room revenue. For the purposes of its analysis, STR matched every NFL game since 2008 with its respective home city to determine the impact on local hotels.
Following the success in Funchal, Pestana Hotel Group has announced the opening of Pestana CR7 Lisboa in the heart of the Baixa. A short walk from Terreiro do Paço, the new lifestyle hotel offers an innovative concept on hospitality that provides guests with a truly unique experience to create moments of fun with the people that matter.
Qatar Airways has marked its first foray into the Australian Football League with a three-year sponsorship of the Sydney Swans, signing with the team until the end of the 2019 season. The multiple-award winning carrier was named Official International Airline Partner earlier at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground, home of the Sydney Swans. Qatar Airways chief executive, Akbar Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways has long supported some of the best sports clubs and events in the world.”
A roar of Olympic proportions was heard at Mission Hills China in celebration of Justin Rose’s thrilling gold-medal win at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The Englishman’s triumph in golf’s return to the Olympics after a 112-year absence, was made sweeter by the fact that the three top podium finishers, including silver medallist Henrik Stenson and bronze medallist Matt Kuchar, have all tasted victory at Mission Hills tournaments.
Experience Kissimmee and West Ham United Football Club have announced a three-year partnership naming the Florida tourism marketing bureau as the team’s Official Destination Partner. This partnership is the first of its kind between a United States destination marketing organisation and a Premier League team. A member of the top-tier Premier League, West Ham United’s new soccer season kicks off August 13th and runs through May 21st, 2017.
The British public has been invited to watch the Olympic Games at a lounge space located at the entrance of the Embassy of Brazil in central London. The lounge will showcase what lies beyond Rio, the ‘marvellous city’, and will present other tourist attractions of the State of Rio de Janeiro with its amazing coastline, historical cities and tropical forests.
Marriott International and the National Basketball Association have announced a partnership extension that will make the global hotel company a partner of several league events, including NBA House Rio, NBA All-Star, and select NBA Global Games. In addition, Marriott International will become an official partner of USA Basketball.
Borussia Dortmund took off for the first time earlier on board their new team Airbus. The players of the eight-time German champions travelled – from Dortmund via Salzburg – to their first pre-season training camp on the Eurowings Airbus A320 painted in the club colours of black and yellow. Having their “own” aircraft went down well with the players who were waved off at Dortmund airport in the direction of the Kitzbühl Alps by Eurowings chief executives Oliver Wagner and Michael Knitter.