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Tourism research has revealed that the travel industry’s fastest growing sector will post record profits and contribute an astonishing 14% of overall travel and tourism receipts by the end of the year.  At a time when some traditional tourism trends are in decline, Sport Tourism continues to flourish and is set to grow exponentially in the next decade.

With Participation Vacations the biggest trend in current travel (holidays with an activity attached – i.e. golf, tennis, adventure) and the continued sportification of society, Sport Tourism is set to play a catalytic role in sparking global tourism recovery.

Yet the complex mechanics of sport tourism has not yet been fully understood or realised.  WSDE Sport Tourism Expo presents a much needed annual opportunity for the Sport Tourism industry to come together, not only to gain invaluable insights from the advanced knowledge of market leaders, but also to conduct lucrative future business deals and source new contacts and markets.

National, Regional or City Tourist Boards with a Sport Tourism portfolio, hotels and resorts offering sporting facilities, Sporting entities, tour operators and major travel providers are urged to participate in this must attend industry gathering.

A un-rivalled line-up of senior industry figure-heads and leading executives will make up the International Sport Tourism Conference programme which will form the centre-piece of the 3 day WSDE Sport Tourism Expo.  The event will be directed by the world renowned travel industry guru, Professor Geoffrey Lipman, Advisor to the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and Advisor to the World Economic Forum.

The Conference will offer delegates an excellent opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the Sport Tourism Phenomenon, as well as networking opportunities with the leading international players from the sector.
Key topics to be covered will include:

New growth markets - attracting the 21st century Sport Tourist
The future potential of Sport Tourism - unlocking long term growth
Attracting sporting events - a Strategic Think Tank
Tracking the boom of Participation Tourism
Futurism – the sportification of society over the next three decades

Taking place alongside the International Sport Tourism Conference is the only global B2B exhibition dedicated to showcasing the products and services of Sport Tourism’s leading suppliers   This presents a unique opportunity for thise organisations wanting to maximise their exposure to the most rapidly growing sector in global travel and tourism.

The Next Ten Years


London 2012 Olympics
27th July - 12th August 2012   London

2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
8th - 10th November 2013   Abu Dhabi

2014   Rio FIFA World Cup
Jun - July 2014   Rio de Janerio

2013 Dubai World Cup Dubai World Cup
March 2015   Dubai

2016 Rio Olympic Beach
5th - 21st Aug 2016   Rio de Janerio

2017 USA Super Bowl
Feb 2017   USA

2018 Moscow
Jun - July 2018   Moscow

2019 Tokyo Rugby World Cup
Sept - Oct 2019   Tokyo

2020   Australia Grand Prix F1
August 2020   Australia

2021   Qatar Confederations Cup
June 2021   Qatar

2022  Qatar FIFA World Cup
June - July 2022   Qatar

Asia’s Sport Tourism Gateway


With its growing stature as a destination of choice for international meetings, incentive travel, conventions and exhibitions, an enviable portfolio of world class sporting facilities and resorts, and a burgeoning calendar of blue riband sporting events, Thailand is in the driving seat of the fastest growing area of the travel industry – Sport Tourism.

With double-digit growth in foreign visitors expected in 2011 and beyond, Thailand is perfectly positioned as “Asia’s Sport Tourism Gateway” and as such will play host to the WSDE Sport Tourism Expo in 2012.

The internationally renowned Bangkok Convention Centre (BCC) at CentralWorld is at the heart of a truly modern capital city.

The BCC is integral to the Centara Grand, am award winning 5-star hotel and with nine restaurants and bars offers some of the best dining and entertaining venues in the city.
CentralWorld, one of the largest shopping and lifestyle centres in Southeast Asia, providing a spectacular amenity for WSDE attendees.

For more information please contact us.