“It’s a Shore Thing” as Halifax set to host Sport Events Congress 2018!
March 14, 2017 (Ottawa, Ontario) – The largest gathering of the Canadian sport tourism industry will be heading to Halifax, Nova Scotia for its annual conference in 2018. The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) announced that Sport Events Congress 2018 (SEC18) will be held at the new Halifax Convention Centre. The two hotel partners for the event will be the Prince George Hotel and the Cambridge Suites Hotel.
It is the first time since it began in 2001 that Halifax will host this flagship event which draws more than 400 sport event rights holders, tourism professionals, event management firms and suppliers from the sport tourism industry. In recent years it has generated economic activity in the host communities ranging from $1.07 million to $1.63 million. Sport Events Congress 2018 will be held Wednesday, March 7 to Friday, March 9, 2018.
"Halifax is thrilled to play host to Sports Event Congress 2018," said Mayor Mike Savage. "We look forward to extending a warm Maritime welcome to sports organizations, tourism agencies and representatives from across the country eager to share knowledge and expertise about what it takes to be an exemplary sport event destination."
“Hosting Sport Events Congress supports our commitment to building vibrant communities through culture and sport events,” said Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “We’re delighted to partner with Halifax Regional Municipality and the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance to showcase Nova Scotia to sport and event industry organizations from across the country.”
“We are very pleased to bring Sport Events Congress to Atlantic Canada for the first time,” said Rick Traer, CEO, Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance. “We know our delegates will experience the warm hospitality of Nova Scotia, and we look forward to incorporating the East Coast vibe into both our professional development programming and our social events. They will also see sport tourism in action with an evening at the Men’s USports Basketball championships at the Scotiabank Centre. With everything in walking distance in the downtown core, we know that the historic charm of Halifax will make this a truly memorable Congress for everyone who attends.”
“We look forward to welcoming CSTA and their guests to our new Halifax Convention Centre and Scotiabank Centre,” said Carrie Cussons, President and CEO, Halifax Convention Centre Corp. “This is an exciting time in our city to showcase our events industry to a national audience who I am sure will be impressed by the experience we deliver.”
“We are honoured to have been chosen as the hotel partners for the Sport Events Congress 2018”, says Scott Travis, General Manager, The Prince George Hotel. “Both the Prince George Hotel and The Cambridge Suites Hotel are perfectly located in the heart of historic downtown Halifax. The fact that both are across the street from the new Halifax Convention Centre allows us to offer comfort and convenience in true East Coast fashion. We cannot wait to welcome you! ”
The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance is a non-governmental, member-based, capacity building organization that promotes 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 organizations and a variety of other sport and tourism industry partners. Sport tourism is the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry in Canada with over $6.5 billion in annual spending by domestic and international visitors.
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