The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has revealed the bidding and hosting of international events that were discussed in the two-day Sports Events and Tourism Exchange (SETE) conference at the Durban ICC this week.
In the conference, it was agreed that Sascoc will be mandated to bring international events until 2030, next 17 years and the major priority is the Commonwealth Games in 2022. Deadline for the cities that are interested in hosting these games is on the 31st March next year.
Discussions included the role of local government in supporting events and one of the key outcomes that cities must work on developing integrated sports tourism strategies.
Tourism Business Council and their collection of levies from hotels to assist SA Tourism to promote the country as a leisure destination, t was recommended that some levies had to be “ring-fenced” to cater for sports tourism.
The role of local Convention Bereaus and their current mandate of hosting meeting and events, it was agreed that this has to be re-assed to support sport tourism.
The challenges as well as opportunities that events present for the African continent were also discussed. It was said that Ministers of Tourism in the African Union were encouraged to look at sport tourism as a priority.
Gideon Sam, Sascoc president said it important that they implement strategies they discussed. “The whole idea was to come up with the strategy to co-ordinate the bidding and hosting of events. We have concluded them and all we have to do is to polish them and this will prepare sponsors right up to 2030,” he said.
Sascoc CEO, Tubby Reddy told SETE: “We as an organisation are delighted to have concluded the bidding and hosting strategy document up to 2030 to fit in with national development plan. Therefore it gives us as a country a clear idea of the events that we should be bidding for as an overall strategy.”
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