Eurosport, Europe's leading sports entertainment group, is sponsoring the Sports Tourism program at World Travel Market (WTM) 2012.
WTM, the leading global event for the travel industry, has championed the cause of sports tourism for a number of years. There is a strong focus on the sector at this year's WTM, following on from London hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Reed Travel Exhibitions Director World Travel Market Simon Press said: âEurosport's continued support gives our Sports Tourism program additional kudos. The media is a big influence in promoting tourism to host destinations of high-profile sporting events.â
"The World Travel Market today plays an important role in bringing key players and influencers from sport and tourism together under one roof for the exchange of ideas and practices, as well as offering excellent networking opportunities," said the Eurosport Group's Global Commercial Director, Olivier Fisch.
The Sports Tourism program, sponsored by Eurosport, starts on the first day of WTM, Monday, November 5, at 3:00 pm with Tourism and the Olympic Games 2012 â A Review, which will look at the impact the London 2012 Games has had on London's and the UK's tourism industry.
Speakers include European Tour Operators Association Tom Jenkins, who has been an outspoken critic of the impact the Olympic Games has had on tourism for host cities arguing that tourists stay away in the build-up, during, and aftermath of the event.
UKinbound Chief Executive Mary Rance shares her thoughts on the impact of the London games in the session which takes place in Platinum Suite 4 at ExCeL â London.
The major sporting event theme continues on Wednesday, November 7 with Optimizing the Tourism Benefits of Major Event for Host Nations, which will ask what the major right holders (such as the International Olympic Committee and FIFA) should be doing to help deliver the potential tourism benefits.
Visit Britain Chief Executive Sandie Dawe will review the help she received from the IOC.
Professor Geoffrey Lipman from the Chair of DeHaan Institute's Advisory Board will chair the event, which takes place on Wednesday, November 7 at 3:30 pm in Platinum Suite 3.
The final session in the Sports Tourism program looks at adventure tourism. The Future for Activity, Adventure, and Sports Tourism panel of speakers includes:
- Xola Consulting CEO Caroline Heyniger
- The Adventure Travel Trade Association Vice President Chris Chesak
- Wilderness Scotland Director Paul Easto
It takes place on Tuesday, November 6 at 2:00 pm in South Gallery Rooms 23 & 24.
Reed Travel Exhibitions, Fiona Jeffery OBE, Chairman of World Travel Market said: âWTM, the leading global event for the travel industry, is ideally positioned to bring together destinations, specialist operators, trade bodies, and superstars with a business interest in this multi-billion pound sector that is sports tourism.â