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SportAccord confirms partners

SportAccord confirms partners
April 26, 2019

SportAccord has confirmed its silver and bronze partners for the Gold Coast edition of the World Sport & Business Summit set to take place from 5th to 10th May 2019. 

This year’s Silver Partners include Edmonton Events, EventScotland and Beijing Olympic City Development Association (BODA) while Bronze Partners include Chuncheongbuk-do Province, Commonwealth Games Federation, the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), and Visit Victoria from Australia.

SportAccord brings together international sports federations, cities and regions, and top decision-makers from the global sports community. Over 50% of those attending use the World Sport & Business Summit platform to share breaking news, or drive sporting initiatives and key strategies.

Commenting on the silver partnerships, Nis Hatt, Managing Director, SportAccord said: “We are delighted to welcome the return of Edmonton Events and EventScotland as Silver Partners for the 17th edition of the SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit and heartily appreciate their continued involvement, support and loyalty to the event.

“We are also honoured to welcome BODA onboard this year as a Silver Partner and look forward to working with them on the 18th edition of SportAccord, scheduled to take place in Beijing from 19th to 24th April 2020.

“Our Silver Partners are exceptional and we wish them the very best for SportAccord in Gold Coast.”

EventScotland has a strong track record and international reputation for hosting major cultural, business and sporting events and has been a keen supporter and partner of SportAccord over the years. Through the work of EventScotland and partners, Scotland will host a number of world-class events in the coming years, including the 2019 Solheim Cup, Euro 2020 - also the 60th anniversary of the European Championship competition – with Glasgow as one of the 12 host cities, and the recently secured inaugural 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships. As in previous years, EventScotland are also sponsoring the official notepad used at SportAccord. The EventScotland team are at Stand 50. 

Edmonton Events have also renewed their partnership with SportAccord and will sponsor the ‘Edmonton Events Zen Zone’ featuring a Reef within the Exhibition Hall, enabling delegates to take a few moments to relax from their busy schedules. Edmonton has a reputation for hosting a wide range of major events from the ITU World Triathlon Final and IIHF Ice Hockey World Junior Championships, to extreme events like the FISE World Series and Red Bull Crashed Ice. A spirited city that loves sports and radiates culture, its sporting pulse is palpable to visitors and fans alike. Edmonton Events are at Stand 64.

Beijing Olympic City Development Association (BODA) was set up in August 2009 to carry forward the Olympic spirit. Its organisation encourages the development of public welfare relating to the Olympic culture, education, sports, youth and citizen involvement, and conducts sport-related exchanges as part of the Olympic movement. Beijing will be host to SportAccord 2020, and BODA will become the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the 18th edition. BODA are sponsoring The Recharge Zone which features The Outback – this year’s destination theme for Tourism and Events Queensland. BODA are at Stand 54.

Also commenting on the Bronze partnerships of Chuncheongbuk-do Province, Commonwealth Games Federation, the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), and Visit Victoria from Australia, Hatt said: “We are delighted to welcome back our Bronze Partners for this year’s edition of SportAccord in Gold Coast, all of whom have been partners for several years. We appreciate their continued involvement, support and loyalty and wish them all the very best at the 17th edition of the World Sport & Business Summit.”

Chuncheongbuk-do Province is gaining attention as a centre for martial art. The Province has international organisations related to martial art such as International Center of Martial Art (UNESCO-ICM), World Martial Arts Union (WoMAU), and World Martial Arts Mastership Committee (WMC). 

The Commonwealth Games Federation’s most recent event on Gold Coast was billed as the “Games of Firsts” – historic first-ever medals for five Commonwealth islands and states; an equal number of medals for women and men for the first-time at a global multi-sport Games; and a ground-breaking Reconciliation Action Plan to acknowledge, respect and support Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander communities. The next Commonwealth Games will take place in Birmingham, England from 27th July to 7th August 2022.

The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance is a non-governmental, member-based, capacity building organisation promoting sport tourism as a grassroots economic development initiative at the community level. The CSTA services over 500 members across Canada, including 150 municipalities, 300 national and provincial sport, multi-sport and major games organisations and a variety of other sport and tourism industry partners. Sport tourism is the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry in Canada with approximately $6.8 billion in annual spending by domestic and international visitors. Once again, Team Canada will be hosting their popular annual cocktail evening on Wednesday 8th May, Pool side at The Star Grand, (official Headquarter hotel for SportAccord).

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is the world governing body for basketball. It is an independent association formed by 213 National Basketball Federations throughout the world and recognised as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). FIBA are the official sponsor of the SportAccord 2019 pen.

Visit Victoria is the primary tourism and events company for the State of Victoria in Australia. Its primary objective is to build Melbourne and Victoria into Australia’s number one tourism destination by delivering strong and sustainable growth across priority markets. Since Visit Victoria’s establishment, the region has hosted more than 450 business events, 70 major events and over 180 regional events.

Click here for information on the 2019 SportAccord World Sport and Business Summit in the Australasian Leisure Management industry Calendar.

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