Queensland’s Gold Coast has been chosen to host SportAccord 2019, the World Sport & Business Summit, bringing the event to Australia for the first time in its 17-year history.
Taking place in May, the summit builds on the 2018 Commonwealth Games legacy and is set to attract 1500 delegates from up to 100 countries.
Delegates from international sports federations, rights holders, organising committees, businesses and other sporting organisations will take part in the four-day conference, where they will hear from world-class speakers, panellists and subject matter experts.
Queensland Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones welcomed the conference win.
“This is the most significant meeting of international sport representatives held every year and securing it for the Gold Coast shows the world that we have one of the foremost major events destinations on the planet,” she said.
“Hosting SportAccord gives us unprecedented access to key decision makers and provides the opportunity to showcase our capabilities first hand.
“The success of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games proved we have everything required to host large-scale, international sporting events. As a result of the Games we have a range of newly-built and upgraded world-class sporting venues.
“Hosting SportAccord is the next step in securing major international events for the city and our state which will bring benefits to Queensland for years to come.”
The SportAccord 2019 conference theme is “The Future of Big Data and Analytics” with a variety of sub streams on offer including CityAccord 2019, LawAccord 2019, HealthAccord 2019 and MediaAccord 2019.
SportAccord 2019 will take place at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from 5-10 May 2019.