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Discover Athens by bike

A 9 km ride passing by all “must see” locations of ancient Athens.

From our starting point, on Donyssiou Areopagitou (in front of Dionyssos Restaurant and by the Roman Theater of Herod Atticus), we will ride down the big walkway until the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch, the gateway to the city in Roman times.

On this enjoyable guided cycling tour around Acropolis we don’t lose sight of this wonderful jewel of Athens even while enjoying our refreshments and cake on our 30 minutes stop at Thission neighborhood!

After crossing a pedestrianised path on the slopes of Filopappou hill, we will end the bicycle trip at the
beginning point, on the slopes of the Acropolis.

Our Athens bike tour is the best way to have fun while cycling and uncovering the charms of Athens. Ride around the historic centre and enjoy Athens monuments at a relaxed pace, using a safe, traffic-free route.

You will get to know Athens from a different point of view, passing by all the must-see locations and many hidden spots. It is the best half day activity and such a fun introduction for first time visitors. You will explore areas that you wouldn’t reach by bus or on foot!
Our bike tour will make your stay in Athens the most pleasant one and it is definitely a must-do activity while in Athens and Greece.

In 2019 we were ranked among the top 25 activities in the WORLD, based on the Trip Advisor and the Get your Guide annual awards!

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Breaking news – Champions League final moved to Paris

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February 25, 2022 – Champions League final moved to Paris

Champions League final to be played at the Stade de France in Paris on May 28; UEFA strips St Petersburg of its right to stage match after the Russian invasion of Ukraine; Russian and Ukrainian clubs and national teams competing in UEFA competitions to play home matches at neutral venues.

UEFA has moved the Champions League final on May 28 to Paris from St Petersburg, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Champions League final moved to Paris

The UEFA executive committee held an emergency meeting on Friday and decided to move the showpiece to the Stade de France from the 68,000-capacity Gazprom Arena in Vladimir Putin’s home city.
 

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F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2022 – dates confirmed for June 10-12 spectators allowed

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F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2022

February 21, 2022 – F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2022 

Fantastic news – the dates have been announced for the F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2022. It will take place from June 10-12 this year. Spectators will be allowed.

The Grand Prix is one of the most challenging and punishing circuits on the F1 calendar, pitting drivers against some of the tightest corners and fastest straights around.

F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2022

Initially held as the European Grand Prix in 2016, the Baku City Circuit hosted the first Azerbaijan Grand Prix a year later in one of the five street courses on the calendar in 2017.

Designed by architect Hermann Tilke, the circuit follows a series of right-angled turns into rapid flat-out sections which, before the introduction of new aerodynamics rules in 2016, pushed cars to speeds of over 360 km/h.

F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2022:

Comparable to the tight twists of Monaco – in the way that the track forces drivers to both commit to each turn while being aware of the perils of straying too close to the edge – the Baku City Circuit has been the site of numerous high-speed crashes.

Charles Leclerc learned that the hard way in 2019 by crashing at Turn 8 in qualifying. The section is the tightest on the Formula 1 calendar, and sees the cars work their way around Baku’s UNESCO-protected old city walls.

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January 07, 2022 – Manchester City sign Emirates Palace partnership

Emirates Palace has signed a new agreement with Manchester City FC, establishing the property as the official luxury hotel partner of the club.

The deal will see the brand featured in various places, including Etihad Stadium, the training ground and on a training kit.

The hotel has previously been used by Manchester City’s first team as a base during warm weather training visits to the United Arab Emirates.

In addition, City Football Schools, based in Abu Dhabi, currently use the pitch facilities at the hotel to host educational and community sessions with children in the region.

The Premier League club, founded in 1880, has won the European Cup Winners’ Cup; seven league championship titles, including five Premier League titles, and six FA Cups.

“With our FIFA-approved football pitch and other award-winning facilities, we are excited to be the training ground for the Premier League Club and to host educational and training sessions for sports enthusiasts and children and of the region,” said Michael Koth, general manager of Emirates Palace.

In addition, as part of its community outreach programmes, Emirates Palace will continue to welcome Abu Dhabi-based City Football Schools to use the pitch facilities, and will host educational and training sessions for children of the region.

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Club World Cup 2022: Dates, Location, Teams, Fixtures, Final, Tickets and Everything You Need to Know

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January 03 2021 –

The FIFA Club World Cup is making a return for 2022 and we have all of the details you need to know regarding this upcoming tournament.

Chelsea will be the only representative from Europe after winning the Champions League during the 2020/21 season, with a Kai Havertz goal during their 1-0 win over Manchester City securing the title of European champions for only the second time in the club’s history.

Despite having played in the Club World Cup previously, the Blues are still yet to win the tournament having lost 1-0 to the Brazilian Serie A side Corinthians in the final of the 2012 competition.

With this in mind, Chelsea will have the opportunity to right the wrongs of those events that took place in Yokohama, Japan nine years ago, and will be willing to have their name carved into history for the first time.

Dates

The 2021 Club World Cup will take place from Thursday 3rd February until Saturday 12 February 2022.

Location

This year’s Club World Cup will be held in the United Arab Emirates for the first time, with two stadiums set to house all of the games.

Teams

Here are the clubs that will be taking place in the 2021 Club World Cup and how they qualified for the competition:

Palmeriras (CONMEBOL) – Winners of the 2021 Copa Libertadores.
Chelsea (UEFA) – Winners of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League
Al Hilal (AFC) – Winners of the 2021 AFC Champions League
Al Alhy (CAF) – Winners of the 2020/21 CAF Champions League
Monterrey (CONCACAF) – Winners of the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League
Auckland City (OFC) – Nominated by OFC
Al Jazira (AFC – Hosts) – Winners of the 2020/21 UAE Pro League

Fixtures

Here are the fixtures for the 2021 Club World Cup that have been announced so far (kick-off in GMT):

3rd February 2022

First Round

Al Lazira vs Auckland City (8:30pm)

5th February 2022

Second Round

Al Ahly vs Monterrey (8:30pm)

6th February 2022

Second Round

Al Hilal vs Winner of Match 1 (8:30pm)

8th February 2022

Semi-finals

Palmeiras vs Winner of Match 2 (8:30pm)

9th February 2022

Semi-finals

Winner of Match 3 vs Chelsea (8:30pm)

Fifth-place play-off

Loser of Match 2 vs Loser of Match 3 (5:30pm)

Third-place play-off

Loser of Match 6 vs Loser of Match 7 (5pm)

12th February 2022

Final

Winner of Match 6 vs Winner of Match 4 (8:30pm)


Final

The final of the 2021 Club World Cup will be held at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium on 12th February 2022.

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December 10 2021 –

In a bid to promote local tourism, the Australian Grand Prix event will feature zones showcasing the very best of Victoria.

The Australian Grand Prix will return in 2022, marking its comeback after two COVID-19 cancelled events.

As always, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) strives to improve the event and in 2022 will see the introduction of the precincts, designed to enhance the fan experience.

Throughout the four-day event, the venue will be divided into five separate fan precincts with each showcasing a different Victorian region or tourist destination.

Unlike the Australian Open at the start of the year, crowds will be able to move between the precincts.

Each of these areas will offer unique experiences in a bid to boost economic growth across the state as it begins to move on from its latest pandemic lockdown by promoting regional tourism and investment.

The precincts are as follows, Melbourne, Phillip Island, Grampians, Yarra Valley, and the Great Ocean Road – each will celebrate Victoria through entertainment, culinary and cultural experiences, all of which will be inspired by its specific region.

Australian Grand Prix Corporation General Manager of Marketing and Experience, Arthur Gillion expressed that there is real excitement about the event returning.

He believes the precincts will further bolster the positive fan experience.

“There is an incredible sense of excitement and anticipation ahead of the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 2022,” he said.

“These new fan precincts will not only showcase our wonderful state, but they will also provide a brand-new way to experience April’s event.

“We’ve been hard at work reimagining this year’s Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix and creating new and exciting fan experiences and cannot wait to see the world’s most exciting motorsport spectacle back to Victoria.

“Don’t miss your chance to live fast – Formula 1 is back!”

The 2022 edition of the Australian Grand Prix will see the debut of the tweaked circuit layout, designed to improve overtaking and action.

Visit Victoria CEO Brendan McClements believes there is no better state on earth to watch sporting events, particularly the Australian Grand Prix, and also thinks the precincts will add to the atmosphere.

“No one hosts a sporting and major event like Victoria, and the new fan precincts are a fantastic way to showcase the best of everything our state has to offer,” he said.

“From tasting tantalising food and renowned wine to music and live performance we want Formula 1 crowds to get a taste of Victoria’s vibrant and diverse scenes and be inspired to get out there and see the real thing for themselves.”

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Australian ‘Summer of Tennis 2022, Australian Open from Jan 17

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December 03 2021 –

Australian ‘Summer of Tennis 2022’ schedule announced, Australian Open from Jan 17

Tennis Australia announced its “Summer of Tennis” on Thursday, which would include a host of events across several states in the lead-up to the Australian Open 2022.

Ahead of the tournament, beginning officially on January 17, a total of 17 events will be held in the states of New South Wales (NSW), South Australia, and Victoria.

Among the warm-up tournaments announced was the ATP Cup, which was confirmed to be hosted by Sydney from January 1-9.

“There is no better place to kick off the season than in Australia and we look forward to seeing the fans out in force in January,” said ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi.

Other headline events include the Victorian Wheelchair open from January 8-12, and the Adelaide International women`s events beginning January 2.

Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley said the line-up was designed to create numerous competition opportunities for some of the best players in the world.

“It`s incredibly important to have the world`s best players competing across the country, inspiring the next generation of players and growing interest and excitement in our sport,” he said.

The series of events is set to be one of Australia`s largest international events since it closed its borders due to the pandemic and would be a boon for crippled local economies.

Tiley said the pandemic has created a “massive challenge” for the event: “It`s why we waited as long as possible to secure optimal conditions for the players and fans in as many locations as we could.”

The qualifying round for the Australian Open would run from January 10-14 and the main event would run from Jan 17-30.

Tennis Australia has previously announced that unvaccinated players would not be permitted to compete in the 2022 Australian Open.

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FORMULA 1 SAUDI ARABIAN GRAND PRIX 2022

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December 01 2021 –

 

SAUDI ARABIAN GRAND PRIX, JEDDAH 2022

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA

Promoter of the event and chairman of the Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation, Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Faisal, had previously made clear of his desire to have the event moved to an earlier date for 2022.

GPFans now understands this request to has been granted with tickets set to go on sale for a March date.

For the current season, only two races – Australia and Bahrain – were originally slated to take place that month.

“For us as a promoter we prefer to not be in the last races because teams can do really well in the first races and then the other races don’t become so interesting,” said Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Faisal in a media call when tickets went on sale for this year’s race.

“We wanted to have a race at the beginning (of the season), but the time that we had to do the work and prepare the track we couldn’t have a race in 2021 in the beginning of the year.

“So the question was, do we have a race at the end of 2021 or have an early race in 2022? And our decision was we wanted a race in 2021. We are now discussing with Formula 1 what is best for us and where to have our race in 2022.”

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December 01 2021 –

The Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2022 will kick off the 2022 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

The motorsport and entertainment extravaganza will take place at Bahrain International Circuit from 18 to 20 March, and it will be the first of 23 rounds in the new season.

The 2022 race will be the fourth time that the Formula 1 season will start in Bahrain. The championship-opener was also previously held in Sakhir in 2006, 2010 and in 2021.

It will be the 18th edition of the Kingdom’s 57-lap race, and the ninth time it will be held at night under BIC’s state-of-the-art floodlights.

The Bahrain Grand Prix is set to be the front-end of a Formula 1 Middle Eastern double-header to start the new campaign, as it will be followed the very next weekend by the second edition of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jeddah.

Tickets – 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix

Tickets and packages are now on sale. Bahrain International Circuit will once again host the opening round of the Formula 1 season in 2022. And with new technical regulations being introduced, the Bahrain Grand Prix will offer the first opportunity to see the new competitive order.

Bahrain produces exciting racing under lights and with a low spectator capacity of approximately 30,000 fans, the trackside experience is relaxed and well organized. Choosing where to sit at Sakhir is easier than at most circuits; there’s just five different grandstands available. Prices are relatively affordable, though have increased around 10-20% over the past few years. All grandstands are covered, but this is less of a factor now that most of the action in Bahrain happens at night, when temperatures are cooler.

2022 Bahrain Grand Prix tickets – Need to know

  • All grandstands are covered.
  • Seating is reserved on all three days of the event.
  • All grandstands offer big TV screen viewing.
  • Discounted tickets for children aged 3-12 are available, priced at 50% of the regular adult price.
  • Children aged 2 or under get free entrance when accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket.
  • All tickets are for 3 days, with the exception of access to the Batelco Grandstand, where you can buy Friday tickets and 2-day tickets (Saturday+ Sunday).
  • New for 2022, you can also purchase access to a hospitality tent for the race weekend, priced at $199 USD. This shaded enclosure has big-screen TVs and dedicated food and drink (additional cost).
  • 3-Day trackside parking passed are available for $32 USD. One complimentary parking pass is provided for every three hospitality tent tickets purchased.

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Beijing Winter Olympics – fully prepared for in civil aviation, security, snow making and broadcasting

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Statements from various departments exhibit full preparation for and confidence in the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics, as authorities in civil aviation, public security and broadcasting, and teams for snowmaking and meteorology said they are fully prepared.

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The Global Times learned from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) on Wednesday that Beijing Capital International Airport will be the only official port of entry for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

The airport will use T3-D independent closed terminals as entry channels for international arrivals, and T3-C and T3-E terminals for international departures with closed-loop management, Sun Jianying, an official from the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, said on Wednesday. 

From October 3 to November 9, a total of 85 flights related to the Olympics including 49 arrivals, 33 departures, and one freighter with a total of 2,380 passengers were processed with high efficiency and tight closed-loop control, data from the CAAC showed.

The Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau said on Tuesday that the security work for the Winter Olympics has entered the competition stage. 

Some of the venues for the Beijing Winter Olympics are conducting test events and taking on other events. Since October 4, the security team at the National Sliding Center has entered closed-loop management for security work, with staff manning their posts 24 hours a day and conducting daily safety checks.

“We use the test events as a practice ground for Winter Olympic Games security and work, according to the standards and requirements of the Games,” an officer from the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau said.

The snowmaking team, the most important supporting team for snow sports, will use high technology to produce high-quality and environmentally friendly snow for the Games.

Through numerous tests, the Beijing Winter Olympics snowmaking team established the territorial parameters of the Yanqing and Zhangjiakou competition areas to create “ice-like snow” adapted to the characteristics of Beijing’s continental monsoon climate.

In order to cope with possible extreme weather, the team experimented with early snowmaking, which is to make and store snow beforehand in low temperatures and use it in the following winter.

Meteorological security is another field that the organizing committee has stressed, Wang Gengchen, head of the research team for the Beijing Winter Olympics’ meteorological security, told the Global Times on Wednesday.

Since the venues of the Beijing Winter Olympics are scattered and some of them are located in the mountains, there is a big challenge to weather forecasting, Wang said. 

“The Beijing Winter Olympics has set up an experts’ team specializing in meteorology, which is strictly adopting different forecasting strategies for different venues to guarantee meteorological security refinement.

“Currently, the meteorological security experts’ team has conducted several batches of drills and has been on standby.”

In late October, China Central Television (CCTV) launched a new channel, CCTV-16, which is specially dedicated to Olympics-related programs, including live broadcasts. 

As of November 7, the channel had a cumulative audience of over 56.43 million viewers, and it is available in all 31 provincial-level regions in the Chinese mainland, covering nearly 300 million subscribers. 

In terms of broadcasting, the channel uses advanced 5G, 8K and artificial intelligence technologies. Currently, it broadcasts other special quality programs, as well as social and cultural activities to warm up for the Winter Olympics.

China’s State Language Commission has created the world’s largest multilingual terminology corpus for the Winter Olympics, covering eight languages and including every term related to the competition events of the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics, the first of its kind in the history of language services for the Winter Olympics.

The Beijing Winter Olympics will take place from February 4-20, 2022 in Beijing, its Yanqing district, and neighboring Zhangjiakou in Hebei Province. 

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Qatar Tourism launches new campaign and continues its goal to welcome six million visitors by 2030

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Tuesday 26 October 2021

DOHA – Qatar Tourism has launched a new international multi-media campaign to drive forward the country’s tourism goals and cement its ambition to welcome more than six million visitors a year by 2030. The campaign features nine unique, engaging key chain characters designed to introduce travellers to the destination, which will roll out across 15 international core markets.

Under the tagline, ‘Experience a World Beyond’, Qatar Tourism will launch its latest development via a TV-led, multi-media campaign, featuring the voice of Indonesian singing sensation, Raisa. Six key chain characters introduce travellers to the variety of experiences that Qatar offers, with a further three, friendly local characters representing Qatari tour guides.

The global campaign is inspired by the insight that today, more than ever, international travellers want to engage in authentic experiences that will enrich their lives, rather than pose for the perfect Instagram picture. It brings to life that Qatar is an accessible introduction to the Middle East, blending cosmopolitan modernity and beautiful landscapes with Arabic traditions, cuisines and cultures.

Leading hospitality and travel safety is also at the heart of the campaign, as Qatar was named the world’s safest country by Numbeo’s 2020 Safety Index. Amongst the increasingly competitive Middle Eastern tourism industry, the uniquely friendly and familiar campaign is designed to stand out from the crowd, helping raise mass awareness of the country and its undiscovered potential.

The new advertising campaign reflects Qatar’s commitment to expanding its tourism proposition, in line with Qatar’s National Vision 2030. Qatar has already welcomed over two hundred thousand in-bound travellers since the country’s borders re-opened in July 2021.

A new website launched by Qatar Tourism, visitqatar.qa, is available in five languages and supported by a recently launched Personalised Travel Companion mobile app, designed to showcase the world-leading destination.

Qatar’s new tourism strategy puts the visitor at the heart of all new programmes and initiatives and will leverage the peninsula’s variety of existing experiences, while capitalising on a wave of new hotels, theme parks, shops and major leisure projects that have recently opened, or are set to launch, in the lead-up to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM.

To drive significant growth in annual international visitor arrivals, Qatar Tourism has appointed travel representative agencies in the eight key source markets in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, DACH (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland), Russia, China, India and the United States of America, as well as the addition of in-market sales managers in Australia and Turkey.

To aid knowledge and development for travel agents, Qatar Tourism’s travel agency training platform, TAWASH, has also been refreshed with a new interface design, content and training modules. The training platform supports Qatar’s mission to become a leader in Service Excellence. Designed to offer an improved learning experience, the upgraded programme functionality includes features such as interactive maps and knowledge check quizzes, alongside a new module structure to deliver an agile learning solution.  

Agents can receive a ‘Qatar Expert’ certificate, which can be upgraded to ‘Qatar Specialist’ through completion of additional elective options. Learners who have already completed the former programme will automatically receive the ‘Qatar Expert’ level.

With the goal of raising tourism to 12% of GDP by 2030, Qatar will grow and improve assets and attractions, including the addition of 105 new hotels and serviced apartments to its extensive growing portfolio. The strategy will enhance the end-to-end customer experience and deploy a tailored marketing strategy to target point-to-point and stopover visitors.

Chief Operating Officer of Qatar Tourism, Berthold Trenkel, said: “As we work towards realising Qatar’s mission of becoming a world-class tourism destination, our international markets team will be the driving force in engaging key travel trade in key regions.

Our aim is to promote Qatar’s new value proposition to tour operators, online travel agencies and consumers. We welcome international travellers to the country to experience Qatar’s rich cultural heritage, unique hotels and resorts, incredible outdoor activities, beaches and multi-cultural culinary scene. In Qatar, visitors will truly Experience a World Beyond.”

Qatar is renowned for its warm hospitality and commitment to excellence, exemplified by its award-winning carrier Qatar Airways, which is the only airline to be voted World’s Best Airline six times by Skytrax. This is further complimented by the airline’s home and hub, Hamad International Airport, which was voted World’s Best Airport in 2021 by Skytrax. Such accolades further reinforces the country’s warm and hospitable reputation as it looks forward to welcoming tourists to the State of Qatar through a seamless journey.

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VisitBritain reveals importance of football to tourism sector

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October 20, 2021 

New research from national tourism agency VisitBritain demonstrates the increasing importance of football in driving inbound tourism to the UK and in boosting visitor spending.

A new report, published today, shows that overseas visitors who went to a football match spent £1.4 billion across the UK in total during their trip in 2019, up 84 per cent on the £742 million spent in 2011 when the research was last conducted.

There were 1.5 million visits to the UK in 2019 that included watching a live football match, up 66 per cent compared to 2011 when there were 909,000 visits.

Visitors who attended a football match also spent more and stayed longer, spending £909 per visit on average, 31 per cent more than the global visitor average of £696 in 2019, and staying ten nights compared to seven.

It is not just leisure visitors that enjoyed football matches.

Out of the 1.5 million who went to a football match during their stay, 94,000 were international business visitors.

Football also took the top spot in 2019 as the most popular live sporting event for international tourists to the UK.

“Football tourists boost local economies during the off-peak tourism season supporting restaurants, hotels and hospitality venues.

“I will continue to work closely with VisitBritain, the Premier League and the EFL to keep up this momentum.”

More than half of visitors who watched football during their trip also took time to see the famous monuments and buildings of the country and almost three-quarters included a restaurant meal.

They were also more likely than other inbound visitors to undertake these activities, underscoring the additional value football visitors bring to the economy.

Premier League chief executive, Richard Masters, said: “The Premier League and its clubs provide competitive football, featuring the world’s best players and managers, in front of brilliant fans.

“We are very proud of the positive impact the League has on both national and local economies.

“Seeing the competition in action is fantastic and we look forward to welcoming more international visitors to our stadiums in the future.”

The top three source markets for football-watching visitors in 2019 were the Irish Republic with 175,000 visits followed by Germany with 126,000 and the USA with 113,000.

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September 24, 2021 – The dates for the inaugural Miami Grand Prix have been announced, with the race set to take place on May 6-8, 2022

With racing due to arrive at the newly-christened 5.41km Miami International Autodrome, the Miami Grand Prix will see Formula 1 race in the state of Florida for the first time since 1959, as the drivers prepare to do battle around the thrilling new track set within the city’s Hard Rock Stadium campus next May.

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“We’ve worked hard to create a track with great racing and a venue with unparalleled fan experiences,” said Tom Garfinkel, the Miami Grand Prix’ Managing Partner. “There has been tremendous enthusiasm and anticipation for this event, and we’re happy to be able to announce the date so that people can start planning for it.”

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At a time when tourism begins to recover from the COVID-19 impact, the sport industry is set to become one of the main players in the next decade. The global sports tourism industry expects to grow an average of 16.1% a year between 2021 and 2030 according to a study by Allied Market Research, stating that this industry will generate approximately 1.5 trillion euros, five times more than in 2020.

The increase in GDP and its contribution to employment, the popularity of sports tourism to break the monotonous lifestyle, the introduction of apps for ticket sales, and the increase in spending capacity are driving the world market for sports tourism.

The study recognizes that the industry took a hit after the pandemic due to the cancellation of sports events and border closures, and predicts the market will recover in 2022 thanks to the mass vaccination. In addition, the study pointed out that racing events like Formula 1 and Grand Prix motorcycle are the main drivers of the industry. This type of events is expected to grow 17.4% on average every year.

In 2020, US$323,400 million were generated by the sports industry. By type, the domestic travel segment dominated the market in terms of revenue, accounting for almost 60% of the global sports tourism market due to heavy investments in sports infrastructure and the popularity of the events in various countries.

However, the international market is expected to show a higher average annual growth from 2021 until 2030, with an annual increase of 16.8% in the next decade due to the increase in disposable income, the improvement of infrastructure, favourable government policies for international tourists, and the relations between host countries and fans interested in traveling.

Last year, Europe had the highest share of travel for sports-related reasons, followed by North America. In 2020, Europe held 40% of the market due to a high population interested in traveling to see or play sports. Now in 2021, the highest growth is expected to be recorded in the Asia-Pacific region, with an average annual growth of 17.7%. However, due to the pandemic in 2020, this industry generated much less than in 2019, for example, the decline of sports tourism in Spain was 81.6%, which means that 3,740 million euros were lost over the pandemic. It is not a minor issue for the country, since trips to watch soccer, tennis, Formula 1 and Grand Prix motorcycle are its main drivers.

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The road to Qatar – The World Cup and more

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The England national football team took another step toward qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup when they drew with Poland in Warsaw’s Stadion Narodowy last week.

It looked as though a superb strike from captain Harry Kane in the 72nd minute would be enough to see England record their sixth successive victory, but it was not to be. A late goal from Damian Szymanski thwarted them in the dying seconds of injury time.

England should have won the game. They were in control for most of the match, but their failure to score a second goal to secure the win meant they were left open to an equalizer which is exactly what happened in stoppage time when Szymanski converted the perfect opportunity created by the Polish marksman, Robert Lewandowski.

Despite having the skills of Jack Grealish, England did not create enough opportunities. They desperately needed someone like Jadon Sancho to be brought on. Unfortunately, he was not available due to a thigh injury.

It was forecast that Sancho would be joining Manchester United in the summer transfer window of 2020. As it turned out, it was this summer before he left Dortmund to join the Red Devils for a fee of £73 million. His skills might have made all the difference to the outcome of the game against Poland had he been available. But that is life.

England is still almost certain to be journeying to Qatar. With 16 points from six games, four points ahead of second-placed Albania and five ahead of third-placed Poland, they are sitting pretty. They are yet to play Andorra away and Hungary at home in October. They then face Albania at home and San Marino in November, so their trip to Qatar looks all but set.

The fact that Qatar is hosting the World Cup finals is the perfect opportunity, not just for football fans but for travellers who enjoy visiting exotic locations around the world.

Qatar offers a superb fusion of both the old and new worlds. It is rapidly becoming one of the best and most exciting tourist destinations in the world.

Situated in the Persian Gulf, you will find a country with a shoreline of stunning sandy dunes and bustling, busy marketplaces amidst futuristic-looking skyscrapers and a sensational waterfront. Features include the Ras Abrouq rock formations plus the famous Al Thakira mangroves spreading across the country’s unique and fascinating peninsular.

The city of Doha is not just the perfect place to watch the World Cup unfold; it also provides a unique environment of sights and shopping opportunities for football widows and widowers.

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Sports events throw a surprise lifeline to Estonia’s hotel industry

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For Estonia’s accommodation industry, the all-important summer season was shaping up to be another write-off. Bookings were down, beds were empty. Then came the athletes.

From sailing races to taekwondo championships, international title events hosted in the country have been bringing in tens of thousands of visitors from abroad, with participants, press and spectators filling rooms that would have otherwise been left vacant. Fortunately for the hotels, the number of such events reached a new high this year.

“Since our organisation started activity in 2008, we’ve been keeping records of international conferences and events held in Estonia on our website’s Conference Calender. I don’t remember any other year when we have had so many major international sporting title competitions taking place,” said Riine Tiigi, Marketing Manager of the Estonian Convention Bureau.

Though it’s too early for hard statistics on overnight stays, the anecdotal feedback Tiigi has received from hotel partners is that the sports-related influx has played a tremendous role in filling rooms.

In July, for example, the European Athletics U20 and U23 championships brought 3,335 international guests to Tallinn at a time when hotel rooms were mostly unoccupied. Similar stories continued through August, with Ironman Tallinn attracting 2,900 participants, nearly half of them international, and the Offshore Racing Sailing World Championships and European Taekwondo U21 Championships pulling in a couple thousand more.

Sari Sopanen, CEO of one of Tallinn’s major hotels, the Original Sokos Hotel Viru, spoke of the emotional boost that hosting the athletes has brought. “The positive feedback received from sports guests has given our working family new motivation in the current difficult situation. The cooperation [with event organisers] is very smooth, because the sports promoters here are very professional. We are very proud that such international events have taken place in Estonia and we are happy that we have been able to be a part of these events.”

Rallying for the regions
The capital Tallinn alone has around 80 international sports events marked on the calendar for this year including the Men’s European Volleyball Championships and the Tallinn Marathon, both in September. Other regions of the country, where international tourists have traditionally been harder to attract, have also benefited, notably from the WRC Rally Estonia which took place in south Estonia in July. The event involved 30,000 people in total, about 10 percent of them visitors from abroad.

“Rally Estonia is a wonderful example how an international event can have a positive impact on a whole region. As it takes place in several locations, people can actually see and experience most of Southerrn Estonia,” said Helen Kalberg, Marketing Manager for the city of Tartu. WRC Rally Estonia organiser Tarmo Hõbe also noted the importance of the event for the country’s image and economy.

“Worldwide live broadcasts were produced from all 24 speed trials reaching up to 740 million people through TV and social media coverage. The economic impact, going by even the most conservative estimates, was over 5 million euros.”

Covid- Controlled approach pays off
As one might expect, all of the gatherings taking place this year are organised as ‘Covid-safe’ events, with various measures being applied to guarantee the safety of participants and spectators.

The Estonian government’s approach of supporting the events industry by permitting highly controlled events, rather than cancelling them outright, deserves credit for allowing the hotels’ sports-related boost to happen.

The unusually high number of sports-related gatherings this year, however, is mostly unrelated to that policy. With the exception of the European Athletics U20 Championships, which were moved to from Bergen, Norway to Tallinn because of greater organisational flexibility, Estonia didn’t gain events that would have taken place elsewhere. All of the major events had been scheduled to take place in Estonia long before the current government stance had been set. The increase in event numbers in 2021 can be more easily tied to financial support available from the government’s business and tourism promotion agency, Enterprise Estonia, as well as from the city of Tallinn.

Still, many involved in the tourism industry, such as the head of Visit Tallinn Ms Evelin Tsirk, are pointing to regulators’ and event organisers’ ability to make participants feel safe, along with a high level of professionalism in the event industry in general, as powerful incentives for holding further sports-related gatherings in the country.

“Both the international professional associations involved in the event and the athletes have assessed the high level of organisation and the measures taken to prevent the virus. The high quality of event organisation will certainly continue to encourage bringing top-level events to Tallinn,” she said.

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Ticket sale starts for IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Helsinki

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Tickets on sale now for IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Helsinki
September 2, 2021

The ticket sale for next spring’s IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship will start on September 2. Tickets for the games in Helsinki will go on sale, and for games in Tampere games the ticket sale will start with a draw. In the draw, one can win the right to purchase day tickets. The details of the ticket draw and the prices of the day tickets on sale have now been published.

You can find the ticket draw and ticket sale here.

The right to buy tickets to games played in Tampere will be drawn – equality being the goal

Tickets for the 2022 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship will go on sale for the first time through a draw. In the draw, one can win purchase rights to the day tickets for the games to be played in Tampere. Registration for the draw starts on 2 September and ends on 26 September. Day tickets for the games played in Helsinki will go on sale directly on 2 September. 

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Brisbane selected to host 2032 Olympic Games

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Brisbane selected to host 2032 Olympic Games

Brisbane has been formally awarded hosting rights for the 2032 Olympic Games following a vote of International Olympic Committee (IOC) member nations in Tokyo.

The decision means the event will return to Australia for a third time.

With the Australian city the only bid city still in the running, the decision was a foregone conclusion.

The 2032 Olympic Games will follow Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.

The estimated to cost sits at around US$5 billion.

The majority of this is expected to be recouped through ticket revenue, domestic sponsorship and broadcast rights.

“My government is proud to be supporting this opportunity for Brisbane and southeast Queensland,” prime minister Scott Morrison said.

“The Australian and Queensland governments are fully funding the infrastructure projects to be delivered in preparation for the games, ensuring that they deliver for Brisbane 2032, but also leave a lasting legacy.”

Brisbane will also host the Paralympics; the second time Australia has done so – the first Paralympic Games were held in Rome in 1960.

The 2024 Olympics are set for Paris, while the 2028 event will take place in Los Angeles.

IOC president, Thomas Bach, said: “We encourage Olympic Games projects which are sustainable and economically responsible, which deliver the best possible games experience for athletes and fans, and which leave solid legacies for local communities.

“The Brisbane 2032 vision and games plan fit into long-term regional and national strategies for social and economic development in Queensland and Australia.

“Today’s vote is a vote of trust that Brisbane and Queensland will stage magnificent Olympic and Paralympic Games 2032. We have heard a lot of positive feedback from IOC members.”

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Las Vegas Seeking Tourism Boost of Another Major Sports Team

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Denied a major professional sports franchise for decades because of the potential for gambling interference, the city of Las Vegas is looking to add its third team in the last five years.

Tourism officials are ecstatic about the chatter – and it’s only chatter right now – that the Oakland Athletics could relocate to Sin City, just as their neighbor the Oakland Raiders football team did in 2020.

According to a terrific story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Oakland Athletics president Dave Kaval visited Las Vegas in May and took in a playoff hockey game featuring the Golden Knights, the city’s first major pro sports franchise that joined the National Hockey League in 2017.

Prior to that, Las Vegas had been known more for hosting big professional fights and, later, Ultimate Fighting Championship events NASCAR races.

“We believe live sporting events are a draw for our visitors,” Lori Nelson-Kraft, senior vice president of communications and public affairs with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, told the LVRJ. “We’ve seen visitation increase to the destination with annual events such as the National Finals Rodeo, UFC events and NASCAR, but also see the opportunity to drive further visitation with our professional sports teams.”

Baseball is a different bird, however.

Las Vegas only hosts 41 home hockey games a year at the state-of-the-art T-Mobile Arena. The Raiders play eight home games a year at Allegiant Stadium.

Baseball teams, however, play 81 home games in a schedule tht is heavily skewed toward division rivals. So while a potential Las Vegs Athletics franchise would see traditional opponents like the Houston Astros or Los Angeles Angels or Seattle Mariners two or three times a year for three- or four-game series, it would see big draws like the New York Yankees and Mets, the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs just once a year – and some of those not at all depending on how the schedule fell.

Then again, as the article suggested, there’s a lot to be said for attracting visitors who want to make attending a ballgame a part of their Vegas experience.

The Vegas Golden Knights have proved that theory with T-Mobile Arena every year hosting thousands of Canadians who want to see their Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs or Montreal Canadiens,

Jeremy Aguero, who monitors the Southern Nevada economy with Las Vegas-based Applied Analysis, said he has seen no studies indicating what percentage of fans at Golden Knights games are from out of town. However, he believes between 15 percent and 20 percent of T-Mobile’s 18,000 seats are filled by out-of-towners.

In addition, of the 55,000 personal seat licenses sold for Allegiant Stadium to see the Raiders, 22,000 went to people outside Las Vegas, including 7,000 from Oakland.

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EXCITEMENT among soccer fans as the European Championships kicked off was harnessed by Pico as the brand activation agency blended artistic elegance and football fandom to launch the new Volvo XC60 in Shanghai.

Volvo, a brand with its origins in Sweden, saw the potential of connecting the launch with the Euros and Pico integrated a “football carnival” into the event at the Ansa International Convention Centre in Shanghai.

The event was held in a venue of nearly 15,000 square metres with Pico responsible for turnkey event management and on-site operations for the June 11 launch.

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The immersive nature of the event began even before the launch conference, with guests invited to a “mingle area” to enjoy interactive experiences designed to stimulate different combination of the senses while building anticipation for the new XC60.

A popular activity was the 360-degree panoramic photo experience – a hit among guests who wanted to capture the moment, and everything that was happening.

Guests could explore details of the Volvo brand at a series of display areas. One display focused on the brand’s environmental protection philosophy and commitment to customer wellbeing, with a combination screen projection, scents and audio effects highlighting Volvo’s interior materials and how it strives for balanced relationship with the natural world.

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Meanwhile, the performance and impressive technologies of the new XC60 were showcased with a stunning holographic projection.

A stunning holographic projection also showed the XC60’s performance capabilities and technologies.

The experiential journey for guests culminated in the product launch conference which saw the latest XC60 unveiled with striking lighting effects on a metallic and futuristic-designed stage.

Music, including hits by singer-songwriter Jane Zhang, and dance performances add to the impact of the launch. A live band led guests outdoors to the football carnival featuring food stations, the new XC60 and a DJ who took over the audio elements and added to the Euro championship atmosphere.

Some 430 people participated in the event, including representatives from more than 260 media outlets, while 30-plus media took part in the live broadcast of the launch.

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