Call for nominations: Inaugural SA Sports & Events Tourism Awards

SEPTEMBER 15, 2016

Who knows better than South Africans about the power of sport to draw a nation together? From the 1995 Rugby World Cup, to the recent support for Team SA at the Rio 2016 Olympics, these moments are our finest hours, when we stand united. 

There are a host of events that contribute to nation building in our country, and it is time that they were recognized for their contributions to our society and to our economy. 

With this in mind, we call for nominations in various categories for the upcoming Sports and Events Tourism Awards:

  • Best International Event that contributes to tourism growth; 
  • Best Domestic Event that contributes to tourism growth;
  • Best Event Improving the Brand Profile of the Destination;
  • Best Event Leaving a Development Legacy;
  • Best Emerging Township Event Contributing to local Economic Development; and 
  • Best Event City or Province.

Event owners, Host Cities & Sponsors may nominate events by submitting impact assessment reports along with supporting documentation of their events through the SETE Awards online submission forms at www.thebereed.co.za

An Evaluation Panel made up of event tourism experts and national government institutions will adjudicate each submission and shortlist the nominees that will be invited to the Awards Dinner to be held on the 26th October 2016 in the City of Tshwane. The deadline for nominations and submissions is 7 October 2016

The Awards are an initiative of the Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE), a highly effective global business-to-business platform now in its sixth year. Organised by Thebe Reed Exhibitions, the intention of SETE is to position South africa as a Sports and Events Tourism Destination.

“We strongly believe that sports & events have a significant importance in the development of our country,” says Sugen Pillay, Commercial Director at Thebe Reed Exhibitions and the Programme Director for the Sports and Events Tourism Exchange Conference. “From morale boosting, to the economic injection of the proceeds of sports & events tourism, sports & events play a constructive role in nation building and it is time that their organisers received the recognition they deserve. SETE is appropriate fitting forum for this recognition.”

Sports and events tourism is a growing global industry with significant economic benefits for both the event and the impact of travel and tourism related benefits on host destinations. Since its inception SETE has become the meeting place for key decision-makers in the sports and events tourism industry to network, do business and debate issues of national importance affecting the growth of the sports and events tourism sector.

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