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  • Host City Asia Back in Beijing -- Conferences & Conventions


    (ATR) A special early bird rate is available as Host City Asia returns to Beijing’s Four Seasons Hotel for its second edition on April 11, 2019.

    Beijing Bird's Nest Stadium (Host City Asia)
    Organizers say 200 international event rights owners, Asian event hosts, organizing committees, and experts are set to participate under the conference theme of “Faster, Higher, Stronger: Growth through Event Hosting”.

    Agenda topics include the impact of AI, big data and blockchain on the events sector, integrating event infrastructure planning into city plans, and how to engage young people in sports and culture events.

    With a mix of panel discussions, keynote addresses and case studies, Host City Asia will highlight the issues and opportunities facing everyone in the major events business.

    The special early bird delegate rate is available through January 25. Click here to take advantage of the discount.

    International Federations Summit Offers Bonus

    The second annual International Federations Summit will feature a skiing trip after the two-day event wraps up.

    World Archery Excellence Centre (World Archery)
    The summit on January 23-24 is hosted by World Archery at its Excellence Centre in Lausanne.

    About 15 IFs and an intimate group of industry suppliers will come together to discuss best practice and solutions for event delivery on a global stage, according to organizer Major Events International.

    The two-day event will include an afternoon of briefings and a social gathering on the evening of January 23 followed by a full day program of workshops, presentations and a roundtable discussion. The summit ends with an evening reception and dinner. 

    For those who would like to relax after the event, an informal skiing trip is planned for January 25.

    OTT the Focus of Summit in Singapore

    The inaugural SportsPro OTT Summit Asia will be held in Singapore on March 27-28.

    The event is dedicated to the over-the-top (OTT) industry in Asia. SportsPro says it will unite 200 senior executives from all areas, including broadcasters, rights holders, content distributors, social platforms and technology providers.

    Among the scheduled session topics are "Going OTT down under: Creating Australia’s first premium sports only streaming service", "OTT vs Linear: Identifying new opportunities to attract fans", "Streaming live sport with Facebook", "What is Twitter’s global approach to sports content" and "How esports is conquering the Asian mass media market".

    The rapid growth of the SportsPro OTT Summit in Madrid certainly was an impetus to creating an Asian edition. The second version of the Madrid convention was held on November 28-29 at the headquarters of the Olympic Channel, which was a partner in the event.

    SportAccord Unveils CityAccord Program

    SportAccord managing director Nis Hatt (ATR)
    SportAccord has unveiled its CityAccord conference program for the next edition of the convention in Gold Coast, Australia in May.

    “Mindful Event Hosting – Respecting the Past with a View to the Future” will be held on May 7.

    CityAccord is aimed at multiple event stakeholders including cities and regions, sponsors, international federations, organizing committees, as well as industry.

    “CityAccord is always a popular event at SportAccord and attended by organizations who have a vested interest in sport. This year’s CityAccord conference program promises to deliver some innovative ideas on increasing revenue streams, including how to capitalize on secondary ticket sales, as well as make the most of the myriad opportunities available to a city when hosting an elite sports event,” said Nis Hatt, Managing Director of SportAccord.

    The Gold Coast edition of SportAccord, which runs from May 5-10, will host more than 50 conference sessions with around 100 international speakers and panelists taking part. Besides CityAccord, the four other conference streams include: The Summit, LawAccord, MediaAccord, and HealthAccord.

    Delegates can register at the World Sport & Business Summit and take advantage of the early bird rate.

    From December 10-12, SportAccord will go to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for its first regional conference which will focus on “enabling IFs to gather with key players from the region”.

    Sports Business Japan/Stadia & Arena 2019 in Saitama

    Saitama Super Arena (PanStadia & Arena)
    Sports Business Japan together with Stadia & Arena 2019 will take place at Saitama Super Arena from November 18-20.

    The arena, which can seat 37,000, features a gigantic moveable section of seating which can reduce capacity for smaller events and create a more intimate setting.

    The conference includes plans for venue tours of both the Saitama Super Arena and the Saitama Stadium.

    The 2018 edition of the conference and exhibition was held in Osaka in late August, attracting more than 4,000 visitors over two days.

    A host of high-profile speakers, including a delegation from Rugby World Cup 2019, gave presentations.

    In addition, panelists from across the globe discussed topics ranging from playing surfaces to venue design, operation and management and fan engagement.

    Special Early Bird Offer for THE SPOT

    Registration has opened for the second edition of THE SPOT with a special early bird offer.

    ThinkSport is selling the first 100 tickets to the event for only 300 Swiss francs ($303.58). Click here to take advantage of the deal, which likely won't last long.

    THE SPOT will be held at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne on May 28-29. More than 1,000 people from the words of sport, academia, and business are expected to attend.

    Participants will be able to present and discover new products and solutions at the Marketplace and the DemoZone. Another feature of the event is a competition where dozens of young companies go head-to-head in a start-up battle with delegates casting votes toward crowning the ultimate champion.

    Written by Gerard Farek 

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