In this session, Dr. Tom Hinch will highlight the synergistic relationship between the two global phenomena of sport and tourism. The advantages of sport as a tourist attraction are then discussed along with a typology of sport tourism that that can be used to formulate strategic plans.
The session will then close by identifying resources that you can use to capitalize on the opportunities that sport tourism provides to your organizations and communities.
In this fast paced session attending delegates will have the opportunity to rotate through and participate in a series of round-table discussions on the impact of sport hosting at the regional and municipal level throughout Alberta.
Sport Tourism Leaders and Representatives from Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray / Wood Buffalo, Leduc, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge along with Hockey Alberta will lead the discussions. Topics will include Building a Sport Tourism Portfolio in your Community, Formalizing the Bidding Process, Working with the Sport Organization after you have won the Bid, Community Building and Engagement, Community Building from a Volunteering perspective and how Hockey Alberta has developed their Provincial Championships bid packages and assesses proposals from communities through their hosting allocation process.
Host: – Hamish Brown – Western Canada Co-Chair – You Can Play
Kim Jones – Vice President and General Counsel – WinSport
Stephanie Shostak – You Can Play Ambassador / President Alberta Volleyball Officials Association
Mike Bell – Calgary Inclusive Hockey Association
You Can Play seeks to challenge the culture of the locker room’s and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete’s skills, work ethic and competitive spirit. YCP works to guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete, judged by other athletes and fans alike, only by what they contribute to the sport or their team’s success. At YCP, we assume that sport organizations want members of their athletic community to feel respected, included, valued and supported. To do this, it takes the proper tools and guidelines to insure teams can become more inclusive and as a result, more successful.
This panel is going to discuss those tools and guidelines while exploring the importance of implementing these within sporting organizations. We will also address the impact this will have regarding the challenges still being faced by LGTBQ athletes, coaches, referees and fans in today’s sports community
Blair McIntosh a long-time amateur sport leader will bring greetings in his new role as the President of the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance.
Sport Tourism is one of the fastest growing segments within the tourism industry and Canada is seen as a preferred sport tourism destination. The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance promotes the development of partnerships between event rights holders and host cities, measures the economic impact of sport events and enhances the profile of sport tourism.
Blair will share his overall assessment of the inaugural Alberta Provincial Sport Tourism Conference and make an announcement in regards to the 2020 Sports Events Congress.
Join your conference delegates over lunch as the long-term legacy effects of hosting major events in Alberta are shared by representatives from the Red Deer 2019 Canada Winter Games and Edmonton International Triathlon Union