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Host Cities 2014 is your chance to meet with an international delegation of current and future host cities as well as the heads of leading sporting bodies and rights holders. This Summit will allow you to give you the practical advice you need to understand the bidding process. Learn what rights holders are looking for when receiving bids as well as gain the knowledge needed to deliver large scale events that leave a positive social and economic legacy.





The event will examine strategies for creating home-grown events that leave a positive economic and social impact. Through a series of panel debates, case studies, round tables and workshops attendees will learn about every part of the city journey from global experts and those who have been through the process.


Rights holders (sporting federations, major events) will in turn learn about the obstacles facing host cities in the bidding and event delivery process. Suppliers, agencies, consultants and other key stakeholders will gain first- hand knowledge about large events due for bid, nations looking to bid and their requirements.


Host Cities 2014 will look to leave its own educational legacy for the UAE and to assist with national development. With Expo 2020 and other global events being hosted here, there is a growing need for newcomers to enter the broader events industry and for existing professionals to understand industry best practice.

  Attendees at the Host Cities event series include:
Air Race F1   Kenya Olympic Committee
Bulgarian Olympic Committee   Mexican Swimming Federation
Fédération Aéronautique Internationale   Ministry of Culture & Tourism, The Republic of Indonesia
Fédération Internationale des Quilleurs   Ministry of Education Sharjah
Finnish Olympic Committee   Ministry of Tourism and Sport - Sports Authority of Thailand
General Organisation for Youth and Sports (GOYS) Bahrain   Mozambique Olympic Committee
Hyderabad Convention Visitors Bureau India   National Olympic Committee, Azerbaijan
International Dragon Boat Federation   Nigeria Olympic Committee
International Hockey Federation   Qatar Olympic Committee
International Wakeboard and Waterski Federation (IWSF)   Sport Event Denmark
Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau   Turismo & Convenciones Mexico
Japanese Olympic Committee   Wonderful Copenhagen Events
  Who should attend?
Event owners, managers, committees and custodians   Marketers, advertisement and media
Event and sport property owners   Tourism/travel agents
Consultants to bidding organisations   Event management companies
International sporting federations, agencies and associations   Sports management companies and consultancies
Destination developers, travel and tourism players   Architects and construction
International media and broadcasting industry experts   Sports medicine, science and education
Current and potential sponsors of sporting events   Tourism promotion boards, departments of tourism
Representatives from: Ministries of Tourism, Sport, Education and Economy, Sports Councils   Suppliers and service providers to large scale events including AV, lighting, staffing and security
Host nations bidding and organisation committees and associated partners   Banks, lawyers and insurers