Aarhus to host SportAccord Convention 2017

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – SportAccord Convention is delighted to announce Aarhus known as the City of Smiles, as Host City for the 2017 Convention. An active member in the World of Sport, Aarhus and Denmark host a wide variety of major international sporting events and sports congresses each year.

The 15th edition of the SportAccord Convention will take place from 2-7 April 2017 at the Scandinavian Congress Center in the heart of Aarhus.

On becoming Host City to the next SportAccord Convention, Jacob Bundsgaard, Mayor of Aarhus commented:

“It is quite a scoop that Aarhus will be hosting the world’s largest international event for sport and industry leaders next year. It provides the city with the opportunity to present the many qualities Denmark and Aarhus has to offer – and for Aarhus in particular, it is a great joy to host the SportAccord Convention while Aarhus is the European Capital of Culture 2017.”

Easy to reach, Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark and a vibrant mix of youthful energy as well as being steeped in tradition and history dating back to the Vikings. Lars Lundov, CEO, Sport Event Denmark said:

“SportAccord Convention offers a unique opportunity to bring the World of Sport together in meetings, forums and to engage in networking. Ever since the first Convention in Madrid in 2003, Sport Event Denmark – together with our Danish host cities – has been a proud partner with SportAccord Convention. We therefore look forward to assisting SportAccord Convention in staging the Convention next year in Aarhus and to showing our ability to host this impressive event.”

Held in a different city every year, the annual SportAccord Convention is a unique opportunity for key decision-makers from sport and industry to meet, network, and strategically shape global, regional and national agendas. An exclusive 6-day event, the Convention is host to annual general meetings of governing bodies, and once again, will welcome a delegation from the International Olympic Committee.

Commenting on the announcement of next year’s new Host City, Francesco Ricci Bitti, President of SportAccord Convention and ASOIF remarked:

“It is a pleasure to bring the SportAccord Convention to Aarhus, Denmark. I am confident that our collaboration will provide an excellent platform for Aarhus and Sport Event Denmark to continue to support the international sport community, while meeting the needs of our Stakeholders and delegates, and giving them the opportunity to embrace and experience a country which is passionate about sport.”

The Convention comprises: a plenary conference, City Forum, LawAccord and MediaAccord; as well as a 3-day exhibition represented by industries, sport organisations, government offices, cities, event services, media, and many more; Sports Demo Zone, extensive Social and Cultural Programme.