BEING A VENUE CITY FOR THE 2010 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES PROVIDED RICHMOND THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOWCASE ITSELF TO THE WORLD WHILE HIGHLIGHTING THE CITY’S PREMIER SPORT HOSTING VENUE, THE RICHMOND OLYMPIC OVAL.
Sport tourism is an emerging market on the international stage and one that has recently been identified as a key sector market for the City of Richmond. Richmond is well positioned to take advantage of this emerging market with its facility inventory, abundance of accommodations, excellent transportation network, strong history of sport hosting by community sport groups, active educational institutions, established sport council and engaged corporate community.
Being a Venue City for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games provided the City of Richmond with a once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase itself to the world while highlighting the City’s premier sport hosting venue, the Richmond Olympic Oval Corporation. Leveraging this Olympic opportunity is vital to propelling Richmond onto the national and international stage as a premier sport hosting destination.
Sport Hosting Services
The City of Richmond’s Sport Hosting Office offers complimentary services to sport organizations and organizing committees in helping to bid for, plan and stage sport events in the City of Richmond.
Sport Hosting Incentive Grant
In accordance with the goal of the Sport Hosting Implementation Plan – to grow sport-related tourism revenues from current 2-3 per cent (2007 Tourism BC statistics), to 5-6 per cent by 2014 – this incentive grant will build sport-hosting capacity for local sport organizations to host a greater number of and larger events.
Bid Development and Presentations
The City of Richmond can help your sport organization design and develop a winning bid for Provincial, National or International sport events. We also provide bid presentation materials and collateral to strengthen your bid to make Richmond your next host city.
The City of Richmond has a strong partnership with Volunteer Richmond, (www.volunteerrichmond.ca) a non-profit, charitable organization which has been bringing people and services together through promotion of volunteerism since 1972.
If your event or bid requires a site inspection of any sport venues, cultural facilities or accommodations, the Sport Hosting Office can help you organize a professional site visit.
The Sport Hosting Office has annual memberships with influential sport organizations: Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance, National Association of Sport Commissions and Sport BC. These organizations have partnerships that the City of Richmond can leverage for the local sport community.
For more information, please contact:
Manager, Sport Hosting