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Countdown begins to landmark international Sport Tourism conference

Countdown begins to landmark international Sport Tourism conference

International excitement is building ahead of the landmark WSDE Sport Tourism Expo – the world’s leading Conference, Exhibition and Meeting Place dedicated to the $600 billion a year sport tourism industry.

Now in its 2nd year, 2011’s ground-breaking event will take place in Bangkok, Thailand – Asia’s Sport Tourism Gateway – from 27-29 September 2011, and is being hosted in collaboration with major World Travel Organisations.

A un-rivalled line-up of top speakers has already been confirmed for the International Sport Tourism Conference programme which will form the centre-piece of the 3 day WSDE Sport Tourism Expo.  The event will be directed by the world renowned travel industry guru, Professor Geoffrey Lipman, Advisor to the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and Advisor to the World Economic Forum.

The event will offer delegates an excellent opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the Sport Tourism Phenomenon, as well as networking opportunities with the leading international players from the sector.
Topics covered will include:
New growth markets - attracting the 21st century Sport Tourist
The future potential of Sport Tourism - unlocking long term growth
Attracting sporting events - a Strategic Think Tank
Tracking the boom of Participation Tourism
Futurism – the sportification of society over the next three decades

(WSDE Director Tony Prince with Rafael Nadal, current holder of “World’s Leading Tennis Personality” at World Sports Awards and reigning Wimbledon and French Open champion)

A unique B2B exhibition
For those organisations wanting to maximise their exposure to the $600 billion a year Sport Tourism industry, WSDE Sport Tourism Expo has created a dynamic portfolio of unique sponsorship and venue branding options.

Taking place alongside the International Sport Tourism Conference is the only global B2B exhibition dedicated to showcasing the booming $600 billion a year Sport Tourism market - the most rapidly growing sector in travel and tourism.

National, regional or city tourist boards with a Sport Tourism portfolio and hotels and resorts offering sporting facilities are urged to participate in this must attend industry gathering.

WSDE Research has revealed that the travel industry’s fastest growing sector will post record profits and contribute an astonishing 14% of overall travel and tourism receipts by the end of the year.  At a time when some traditional tourism trends are in decline, Sport Tourism continues to flourish and is set to grow exponentially in the next decade.

With the exponential growth of participation vacations (holidays with an activity – i.e. golf, tennis, adventure) and the continued sportification of society, Sport Tourism is set to play a catalytic role in sparking global tourism recovery and many experts predict that the next 10 years will be “the decade of sport tourism”.

WSDE Sport Tourism Expo presents a much needed annual opportunity for the Sport Tourism industry to come together, not only to conduct lucrative future business deals and source new contacts and markets, but also to gain invaluable insights from the advanced knowledge of market leaders. WSDE Sport Tourism Expo is a vital event for those wishing to be part of the growth of the travel industry’s future.

Key information:
WSDE Sport Tourism Expo; Bangkok Convention Centre, Bangkok, Thailand;
27-29 September 2011.

WSDE Sport Tourism Expo