Canada’s largest gathering of the sport tourism industry will return to Ottawa in 2021 for the 21st edition of Sport Event Congress. The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA), with the support of Ottawa Tourism, will hold the event March 8-10, 2021 at The Westin Ottawa.
Held annually since 2001, the 2021 Sport Events Congress will bring together more than 400 national and provincial sport event rights holders, tourism professionals, event management firms and suppliers from the fastest growing segment of Canada’s tourism industry. The annual conference for stakeholders from the sport tourism sector always features an outstanding lineup of speakers, engaging content, interactive displays and networking activities. As has been the case in past CSTA Conferences, delegates will experience a unique and memorable Ottawa location at the Ottawa Tourism hospitality event that is sure to leave a lasting impression.
“We have held several successful Sport Events Congresses in Ottawa and are pleased to return in 2021. Ottawa Tourism has been a terrific partner through the years, and we look forward to working with them again both as we host it here this year, and again for our 21st year,” said Rick Traer, CEO, Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance. “Ottawa has so much to offer our delegates who travel from across the country, and Ottawa Tourism continuously provides creative opportunities for them to experience the city in new ways every time they attend the event.”
“Ottawa Tourism is proud to support CSTA in bringing back the Sport Events Congress to Canada’s capital. This important event brings together key players from the sport tourism industry to exchange valuable knowledge and expertise that fosters innovation and success in sport events. Ottawa Tourism remains committed to our Bid More, Win More, Host More strategy to attract regional, national, and international events to Ottawa and to working closely with sporting organizations to do it.” – Michael Crockatt, President & CEO, Ottawa Tourism.
Ottawa is hosting the 2019 Sport Events Congress March 19-21 at The Westin Ottawa. It most recently also hosted the event in 2016, and 2017. The 2020 event will be held in Edmonton, Alberta
About the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA)
The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance is a non-governmental, member-based, capacity building organization that promotes sport tourism as a grassroots economic development initiative at the community level. The CSTA services over 500 members across Canada, including 130 municipalities, 300 national and provincial sport, multi-sport and major games organizations and a variety of other sport and tourism industry partners. Sport tourism is the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry in Canada with over $6.8 billion in annual spending by domestic and international visitors.
About Ottawa Tourism
Ottawa Tourism provides destination development and marketing, strategic direction, and leadership in cooperation with its members and partners, welcoming leisure travellers, business travellers, group tours, and conventions to Ottawa and Canada’s Capital Region. Its goal is to support the local tourism economy, fueled by an estimated 11 million visitors per year and with $3 billion in economic output for Ottawa, generating community wealth through tourism. Ottawa Tourism’s vision is to offer the complete capital experience, tell the story of Canada, and get people talking
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