London calling …

At the occasion of the Global Sports Forum Barcelona this March Seb Coe stated that the development of tourism in the case of Barcelona was a success story that London had studied carefully for hosting the Olympic Games this summer.

As most cities bidding for or hosting the Olympic Games cite a growth in tourism as one of their main objectives, and with London 2012 at our door steps, it is worthwhile to have a closer look at the relationship of Olympic Games and Tourism.

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A new Bidding DNA?

With the Opening Ceremony of the first Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) just days away it is worthwhile to take a closer look at the confirmed host cities of the Youth Olympic Games.

The foremost goal of the IOC is to connect with teenagers through the Youth Olympics’ sport, culture and education programs, expanding its demographic reach. However, during the early days of this new idea it also had been communicated that this event would give an opportunity to countries that could not afford to host the Olympic Games.

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A comparison of venue development of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games Candidate Cities

Only a few days to go until the IOC members will select the host city of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games at the IOC Session in Durban, South Africa. While this race for hosting the Olympic Games probably lacks the excitement of the last two Olympic Summer Games bids where some of the major global metropolis competed for the chance to become a host city, still some interesting points can be highlighted with regards to venue development.

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