At a global level the Travel & Tourism (T&T) sector has emerged as one of the 21st Century’s critical drivers of economic growth, job creation and development of communities, regions and nations. The ‘Tourism Economy’, a vital source of employment, revenue, investment, trade and unity, has recently been recognised as a powerful stimulus for recovery from the global economic crisis.
As anticipation reaches fever pitch ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the success of three mega sporting events hosted in South Africa over the past twelve months has given the country’s tourism sector a significant boost.
World Sport Destination Expo (WSDE) – the world’s first exhibition and conference dedicated to showcasing the $600 billion a year sport tourism industry – has secured the participation of the world’s leading tour operators and buyers. Nine months before WSDE, participating buyers from 22 geographical territories have already confirmed that will be sending senior delegations to the landmark five-day event, which takes place in Johannesburg in the final week of 2010 FIFA World Cup, 5-9 July.
The UK snowsports market fell by 6% across all sectors in 2008/9 according to the Ski Club of Great Britain’s annual Snowsports Analysis report. The total UK snowsports market is now reported at 1.27 million people.
SportBusiness Group, the world’s leading supplier of information, media and B2B marketing services to the sports industry, has today announced details of the inaugural International Sport Tourism Conference, which will take place during the week of the 2010 FIFA World Cup final in host city Johannesburg. The International Sport Tourism Conference will form part of the World Sport Destination Expo, the world’s first dedicated sport tourism exhibition.
After the tightest Olympic bidding battle for years, Rio de Janeiro finally emerged as dramatic winner of a cliff-hanging vote by the International Olympic Committee in Copenhagen. IOC president Jacques Rogge finally produced the slip of paper bearing the 2016 host at 18.30 local time, ending a 17-month bidding process and rewarded a mountain of work both out in public and behind the scenes.
Chicago and Toyko have been eliminated in the first round of bidding to host the 2016 Olympics. In one of the most fiercely-fought campaigns in Olympic history, anticipation has reached fever pitch ahead of tonight annoucement whether Rio or Madrid will win the bid.
Rio de Janeiro officials have announced that an additional 2,000 hotel rooms would be built should the city win the bid to host the 2016 Olympics, in an attempt to curry favour with the IOC over the lack of available accommodation.
With Japan now confirmed as hosts for the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup (announced on 28 July), and with a strong proposal for the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cups well under way, BTN Asia Pacific Editor Daniel Rourke is in Japan to investigate its next major bid. The hosts for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be announced by the XXXI Olympiad Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark on 2 October, with Tokyo tipped as the city to beat.
Rio de Janeiro has become the latest big name to confirm its participation in World Sport Destination Expo - the global market place for sport tourism. Uniquely co-located alongside the climatic final week of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, WSDE will offer bidding nations and sport tourism capitals the ultimate opportunity to showcase their capabilities on a world stage.
With Tokyo a front runner to host the 2016 Olympics and also juggling bids for both the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups, BTN travelled to Japan to check out its sport tourism facilities, starting at the Conrad Tokyo, one of the capital’s newest and most vibrant hotels.