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.
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 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.
World Sport Destination Expo (WSDE) today organised an exclusive reception for travel and tourism senior officials, international media and the current superstars of world athletics at the close of the IAAF World Athletic Championships in Berlin.
With Sunday night’s record-breaking 100m sprint by Usain Bolt once again demonstrating why he is a once-in-a-lifetime sporting sensation, the small but hugely significant island of Jamaica showcased its brilliance once again to the world. Standing trackside for the victory, the island’s tourism officials were overwhelmingly jubilant, as nowhere better understands the link between sport and tourism.
World Sport Destination Expo has inked a partnership with SportBusiness Group that will see the creation of a ground-breaking conference to run alongside the world’s first sport tourism exhibition, which is taking place during 2010 FIFA World Cup in Johannesburg. SportBusiness will also provide content for the programme, as well as bring its editorial expertise.
The 2010 World Cup holds the key to South Africa easing its way through the global downturn, according to Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk.
World Sport Destination Expo, “The Global Market Place for Sport Tourism”, has appointed the world leader in sports travel, Thomson Sport, as its Official Travel Partner.Thomson Sport, the specialist division of travel giant TUI, will be responsible for organising travel, accommodation and additional services for officials and delegates attending the ground-breaking sport tourism exhibition, which takes place during FIFA 2010 in the Official Host City, Johannesburg, 5-9 July 2010.