All Eyes on Scotland as it Continues Partnership with SportAccord Convention

Thursday, February 20, 2014

SportAccord Convention announced today that EventScotland will once again be a Silver Partner of the event as part of a new three-year deal through to the 2016 event. The 12th annual SportAccord Convention takes place from 6-11 April 2014 at the Susesi Convention Centre in Belek/Antalya, Turkey and will be the fifth successive year that EventScotland has participated as a Silver Partner. 

The eyes of the world will be on Scotland in 2014 with both the Commonwealth Games and The Ryder Cup taking place there within the space of three months. EventScotland has been involved in securing a number of major properties for 2015 which will ensure Scotland continues to be the perfect stage for sport events. These include:

o FIG World Gymnastics Championships; 
o IOF World Orienteering Championships; 
o IPC Swimming World Championships; 
o FEI European Eventing Championships; 
o EJU European Judo Championships; 
o The Open Championship
o RICOH Women's British Open

"SportAccord Convention provides us with an unrivalled platform to engage with our global event partners, and our partnership is hugely valuable to us," said Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland. "After our major events in 2014, Scotland will host three World and two European Championships next year and we are looking forward to discussing our future aspirations with colleagues at the Convention in April." 

"EventScotland are a great partner to work with, always fully immersing themselves in the Convention and the various networking opportunities," said Nis Hatt, Managing Director of SportAccord Convention. "They never fail to deliver an engaging exhibition stand that provides our delegates with a real taste of what Scotland has to offer. This year I'm sure will be no exception!"

PwC Continues SportAccord Convention Gold Partnership

Friday, February 28, 2014

SportAccord Convention announced today that PwC will be a Gold Partner of SportAccord Convention for this year's event taking place from 6-11 April 2014 at the Susesi Convention Centre in Belek/Antalya, Turkey, one of the biggest and most modern congress centres in the Mediterranean area. 

The agreement marks PwC's second year as a Gold Partner. In 2013, PwC conducted the first Economic Impact Study of SportAccord Convention and estimated the direct and indirect impact of the event in Saint Petersburg, Russia, at US$7.69 million - which exceeded PwC's pre-Convention estimate by more than 12%.

"The first year of our partnership with SportAccord Convention was extremely successful and we are very pleased to be continuing as a Gold Partner in 2014," said Robert Gruman, PwC Russia Advisory Leader, who heads PwC's Global Sports Mega-Events Centre of Excellence. "SportAccord Convention provides us with networking opportunities and enhances our ability to build relationships with International Federations and the global sports movement."

"Our Gold Partnership with PwC has been of great value to us as an organisation and we are gratified to know that the feeling is mutual" said Nis Hatt, Managing Director of SportAccord Convention. "We are very pleased that the partnership is continuing and that we are able to provide a platform for PwC to meet its business objectives." 

PwC's Sports Mega-Events Centre of Excellence comprises a network of professionals experienced in bringing value at all phases of the sports mega-events lifecycle. 

For the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (still to come from 7-16 March), PwC's experts, in partnership with the Sochi Organising Committee, carried out over 200 projects in several key areas, from strategic and operational planning to supply chain management, from HR consulting to risk management.


The Countdown Begins!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Today marks ‘one month to go’ until the global sporting community gathers in Belek/Antalya, Turkey for SportAccord Convention 2014.

With over 1500 delegates from 800 organisations already confirmed, the Convention is set to sell out for a seventh consecutive year. With the event hotels close to capacity and over 200 private meetings scheduled, the countdown to the 2014 Convention has begun!

To celebrate, we caught up with some delegates to find out their event objectives and what they are most looking forward to in Belek/Antalya.

“I’m looking forward to the productive time we will spend at SportAccord Convention,” said Hanna Domagala, Deputy Director, The World Games 2017 Wrocław.

“It is THE place where I can meet many of my stakeholders, promote our event, and meet potential business partners. Not many events offer this much in such a well-organized and pleasant way.”

Meanwhile the International Skiing Federation is preparing to meet with other International Federations, commercial partners and media representatives to reflect on the Sochi Winter Olympic Games and FIS World Cup events.
“We will be listening very carefully to their comments,” said Sarah Lewis, Secretary General of the FIS.

“The feedback we receive will be vital in planning the next steps to move our sport forward.”

The Convention is also the perfect platform for delegates to meet new contacts and build new relationships.

“Although we’re looking forward to joining those we act for,” said Warren Phelops, Global Head of Sports at K&L Gates, “we’re also excited about the prospect of making new friends and finding out the areas in which we can help each other and work together.”

Comfortable, luxurious and all-inclusive, this year’s venue, The Susesi Luxury Resort, will provide delegates with the perfect environment to network in. The 5* surroundings are ideal for catching up with existing clients, or securing your next big contract.

“In four days we are able to meet more people than in one year travelling all over the world,” said Patrick Vajda, Managing Director at Marsh Inc.

To guarantee SportAccord Convention is the must attend event of 2014, a number of exciting social and cultural activities are planned, including The SportAccord Convention 2014 Golf Tournament at the Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort.

To celebrate ‘one month to go’, we are offering delegates the opportunity to play in the golf tournament for FREE!

Simply book your delegate place by Friday 14 March, 17:00 GMT, and you’ll be entered into the prize draw.

Good luck, and if we don’t see you on the first tee, we’ll see you elsewhere in the beautiful Belek/Antalya, host of SportAccord Convention 2014.