With South Africa revelling in World Cup glory, a delegation of sport tourism leaders gathered in Johannesburg for the landmark World Sport Destination Expo to gain further insights into the fastest growing sector of travel.
The groundbreaking Phuket International Academy Sports and Leisure Club is poised to become Asia’s pre-eminent competition, training and event complex when it opens this November. The world-class facilities is marking its global launch at the prestigious World Sports Destination Expo in Johannesburg this month.
South African tourism officials say football fans have already brought an economic windfall that looks set to continue as the big countries progress to the later stages of the tournament.
The fast-growing emirate of Abu Dhabi has idenitifed sport tourism as a fundamental strategy to help meet its ambitious growth targets. From hosting the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix to its new partnership with Manchester City, it is utilising the power of sport to spread its name globally.
Argentina is showcasing its unique attractions at this summer’s World Cup finals in Johannesburg, South Africa with the launch of special exhibition dedicated to its tourism and cultural heritage. Argentina House was opened by Nobel Peace Prize nominee Estela de Carlotto, football legend Ozzie Ardiles and Miss Argentina.
South Africa’s President Zuma welcomed a VIP delegation that included 25 presidents from across the world, as well as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, for the opening of World Football House, a ground-breaking exhibition taking place in Johannesburg during this summer’s World Cup.
Broadcasting and marketing revenues at this summer’s World Cup in South Africa are expected to generate a record £2.2 billion. This includes a record £690 million in sponsorship secured by the sport’s governing body Fifa – representing a 80 percent increase compared to the last World Cup in Germany.
The artistic city of Mangaung/Bloemfontein is the provincial capital of the Free State Province, and home to some of the country’s most fanatical football supporters. It will play host to a number of group games at the FIFA World Cup, as well as one of last 16 matches. So what does it offer fans after the 90 minutes is up?
A line-up of top sport tourism heavyweights has been unveiled for a ground-breaking conference that will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa during the FIFA World Cup.
Durban will host to a number of matches at this summer’s World Cup, including one semi-final. BTN looks at the city’s sport tourism credentials, including the attractions and opportunties for business and leisure travellers alike.
In the first of a series looking at the host cities of this summer’s FIFA World Cup, BTN looks at Pretoria’s sport tourism credentials, including the attractions and opportunties for business and leisure travellers alike.