Will we finally turn sports tourism from potential to a resource?

first_imgThat in sports tourism there is an opportunity and a cure for the seasonality of our tourism, ie a way to fill it  before and after the season we have known for years, which otherwise annually records a growth rate of as much as 14% in the world, and the best proof of this thesis is the announced sporting event in Umag.Thus, in Umag from 29.6. to 8.7. this year psaid 3000 participants, primarily athletes, delegates, judges and their companions from more than 100 countries to spend 18 to 20 nights at Blue Lagoon facilities during a series of World Karate Federation (WKF) events organized by Uniline as the official travel agency and WKF partner and the Croatian Karate Federation in this project.”We are proud to be a partner of WKF and the Croatian Karate Federation in Umag for the fifth year in a row. In terms of the number of participants and overnight stays, this is, after the EURO 2018 handball championship, the second largest sporting event in Croatia this year. ”, said Goran Sprem, executive director of Uniline for sports and corporate tourism.By organizing the European Handball Championship EURO 2018 in Zagreb and this year’s karate event in Umag and many others, Uniline, a leading Croatian tour operator, which is the official agency of a number of Croatian sports federations and clubs, has confirmed its position as a market leader in sports tourism.For decades we have been talking about the potential of sports tourism, how we have a favorable climate, we have accommodation facilities, an excellent tourist product, but we are falling on investment and infrastructure development, synergy and a complete tourist product. Sprem confirms this thesis and points out that he agrees that we have all the prerequisites, but that the biggest problem is the sports infrastructure. “What we lack is the development and investment in sports infrastructure, and the organization of more complex ones  sporting events where various Sports Federations should learn a little more at risk i.e. be more proactive. On the other hand, where there is interest, there is also initiative. Thus, cities are increasingly seeing sport as a direction that brings a huge increase in the number of overnight stays outside the tourist season. The example of Umag and this event, which generated about 20.000 overnight stays, is the best example. Also, this is an excellent indicator of synergy and cooperation between the city of Umag, the karate federation, the Blue Lagoon and Uniline.”Emphasizes Šprem and adds that sports tourism as one of the optimal forms of year-round business can significantly contribute to further diversification and sustainability of Croatian tourism.At Uniline, they have set themselves the goal of becoming “one stop sport travel company” active on a 24/7 basis, ie available to clients every day and at any time. ” We see the future of this business in the systematic and continuous expansion of services and the creation of new business models in which we seek rational and cost-effective solutions for athletes, federations and clubs and their fans and guests through our specific know-how we have developed – from organizing sports development camps for all ages to the sports preparatory part and, if necessary, preparatory and competitive segments with accompanying services”Šprem points out and concludes that Uniline decided to specialize in sports tourism 6-7 years ago, which is absolutely proving to be a good direction of development.Three important lessons We can draw three important conclusions from this story. The first mentioned in the introduction is the huge potential of sports tourism, which with its three components – tourism of sporting events, tourism of sports memories and active sports tourism and an annual volume of 660 to 700 billion dollars, which participates with 14% in the world tourism cake, experts predict dynamic growth in the next ten years.The second lesson is the direction of travel agency development. Certainly, the basic sale of accommodation is no longer in trend or enough when we talk about the work of travel agencies. The focus is on selling experiences and tourist content, as well as specialization and development of niche skills for special projects, such as Uniline started specialization as a “one stop travel company”.And the last lesson, albeit the most important, is that the whole story doesn’t revolve around major sports, such as football and big clubs. In fact, there is much greater potential in “small” sports. Of course, not everyone can attract the most famous football clubs in the world, and if we succeed, it’s just icing on the cake and added value, but the base must be all other sports. Who would have thought that karate would generate through one event to generate 20.000 overnight stays. But the management has the greatest potential here – in the development of various camps and preparations for all sports and events, to dream of some big clubs, but first let’s arrange and position a sustainable base. Here is just another plastic example… There are currently over 50 million runners in Europe and the number of runners is growing day by day. We are talking about amateurs, not professionals, who run marathons, and most often they are business people who generate over 9 billion Euros of revenue each year to hotels, carriers and race organizers.Also, we are prone to large numbers, but 100 or 500 nights is a great number in August. Of course we have to have more smaller events, actually make the best mix of small, medium and a couple big in the destination, to round out the whole story. Yes, it is necessary to invest money and time, but this is the first prerequisite if we talk about strategic positioning in the development of sports tourism.Will we finally turn sports tourism from potential to a resource?Sports tourism is much more than all of the above, and I only touched on the tip of the iceberg and a couple of key segments. It’s all up to us, the competition is not sleeping, in fact, while we are talking about potentials, others have turned sports tourism into excellent resources and reaping a large part of the cake, while we have “started” just taking crumbs. Let’s wake up, we are already ten years late from the competition, and if we want we must move boldly, decisively and proactively forward towards the market and strategic development of sports tourism.last_img read more

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The Latest: US soccer Hall of Fame induction moved to 2021

first_img Associated Press This year’s induction ceremony had been scheduled for Sept. 19-20 in Frisco, Texas, where the Hall of Fame is located.Members of the 2020 and 2021 classes will be inducted together in a ceremony next year.Voting for the 2020 class was completed earlier this year but not yet announced.Former U.S. national team goalkeeper Hope Solo, dismissed from the team following the 2016 Olympics, was among the first-time eligible players on the ballot. U.S. national team members Brad Davis, Whitney Engen, Herculez Gómez and Clarence Goodson also were among 14 first-time eligible players on the 42-person ballot.___ ___Another tennis player has tested positive for the coronavirus after taking part in an exhibition series organized by Novak Djokovic in Serbia and Croatia.Viktor Troicki says he and his pregnant wife have both been diagnosed with the virus. The former top-20 player from Serbia played against Djokovic in Belgrade during the first part of the two-leg tour.Djokovic was the face behind the Adria Tour. The series started in the Serbian capital and then moved to Zadar, Croatia, last weekend.There were no social distancing measures observed at the matches in either country. The Latest: US soccer Hall of Fame induction moved to 2021 June 23, 2020center_img This year’s karate world championships have been postponed for one year because of the coronavirus pandemic.The World Karate Federation says the championships will now take place from Nov. 16-21, 2021, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.The governing body says “the well-being and safety of competitors and fans could not be ensured amid the ongoing epidemic of COVID-19.”Karate was set to make its debut at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo but that event has also been postponed by a year.The karate worlds are held every two years. The scheduled 2022 event has also been put back one year to 2023 in Budapest, Hungary. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction ceremony to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Three-time Grand Slam semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria said Sunday he has tested positive for the virus. Borna Coric played Dimitrov on Saturday in Zadar and said Monday he has also tested positive.Djokovic left Croatia after the final was canceled and was tested in Belgrade. The results are expected soon.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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EveryMatrix ups CasinoEngine gamification tools with CompetitionLabs

first_img Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Related Articles MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 PartnerMatrix drives user engagement with two new deals August 13, 2020 Share EveryMatrix will boost its player engagement dynamics by launching CompetitionLabs gamification solutions across its CasinoEngine platform.  The partnership will see EveryMatrix make CompetitionLabs’ gamification components (tournaments, challenges, leaderboards and missions) available to CasinoEngine clients. In an update to partners, EveryMatrix underlined the ‘positive effects’ of gamification components in improving player engagement and loyalty beyond standardised bonus incentives. Stian Enger Pettersen, CEO of CasinoEngine, explained: “EveryMatrix helps customers to differentiate and innovate their businesses through our solutions, and CompetitionsLabs’ gamification platform is an excellent fit for us.“Thanks to this integration, our casino clients can now take full advantage of this real-time toolkit to quickly roll out tournaments and missions, and we are confident that players will be excited by the skinnable widgets.”News of the EveryMatrix partnership follows last week’s announcement by the B2B technology group that its CasinoEngine has been selected by Gibraltar-based BetVictor as lead platform to revamp its online casino product.  Operating since 2015, Malta-based CompetitionLabs brands itself as the industry’s leading developer in tailor-made igaming gamification experiences, building new components for Betsson, QuickSpin and RISQ. Julian Steinwender, Chief Engagement Officer of CompetitionLabs, stated: “EveryMatrix is a great partner to work with and we believe that their commitment to both customers and players alike has been showcased for the past decade. ““CasinoEngine is a high-performing product and our gamification platform will help them increase their customer engagement even more. We understand that gamification can be daunting, which is where the CompetitionLabs software and consulting services can help out.”last_img read more

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Meaningful discussion doesnt mean a lengthy discussion says Sohi on Trans Mountain

first_imgMinister Amarjeet Sohi. File photo.APTN NewsOn Monday Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi told reporters in Ottawa the government still has not placed a deadline on Canada’s renewed consultations with First Nations over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.The minister was also vague on what the Liberals regard as adequate consultations, saying only that “meaningful discussion doesn’t mean a lengthy discussion.“It has to be a two-way dialogue, it has to be done in a sincere, honest way with proper focus on resolving issues and that’s exactly what our teams are focused on,” he said.The comments come amid the government’s effort to meet a Federal Court of Appeal directive last August stemming from a number of legal challenges to the project brought by First Nations.The court quashed the government’s approval of the pipeline, which if built would carry almost 900,000 barrels of diluted bitumen from the Alberta oil sands to the B.C. coast.It ruled that the National Energy Board’s “process and findings were so flawed that the Governor in Council could not reasonably rely on the Board’s report,” and that “Canada failed to fulfil the duty to consult owed to Indigenous peoples.”The decision brought the issue of constitutional responsibilities to Indigenous peoples to the fore and has pitted Indigenous rights against the desire by Alberta to maintain a prosperous fossil fuel industry.The court’s decision, however, said “the public interest and the duty to consult do not operate in conflict,” and that “a project authorization that breaches the constitutionally protected rights of Indigenous peoples cannot serve the public interest.”Amid growing uncertainty as to whether the project would ever come to fruition, the Trudeau government purchased the pipeline from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion and intends to sell it to new investors if it can satisfy the legal conditions.The Treaty Alliance, a coalition of 150 First Nations, has vowed to stop the project on the grounds it poses too great a threat to waters that run through Indigenous lands, and that addressing climate change requires stopping the expansion of Alberta’s oil sands.Meanwhile, the Indigenous Resource Council, an alliance of 130 First Nations has expressed interest in acquiring a majority share in the project.Sohi said Monday the renewed consultations “are going really well,” and that the Liberals “have eight teams on the ground [supported] by close to 60 individuals.”He said the “teams are properly trained and they have the mandate to have meaningful discussions with the Indigenous communities to move forward in offering accommodations where accommodations are possible to be offered.”Sohi also said he has personally met “with more than 40 Indigenous groups,” and that former Supreme Court Justice Frank Iacobucci—who the Trudeau government appointed to facilitate the consultations—“has held his roundtables” with Indigenous communities.One of those roundtables garnered national media attention last month when three members of the Tiny House Warriors were arrested after attempting to enter a pre-consultation roundtable discussion between federal officials and representatives from local Indigenous communities at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, B.C.A few days earlier, Secwepemc Chief Judy Wilson of the Neskonlith Indian Band told Trudeau at an Assembly of First Nations assembly in Ottawa that there “was no consent” from the Secwepemc Nation on Trans Mountain.“You can’t count a few [impact and benefit agreements] with some of the communities as consent because it’s the proper title holders of those nations that hold the title,” she said. “And it’s the bands that might have been under duress – but it’s not a proper process.”[email protected]@APTNnewslast_img read more

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