TEAMS Europe, the first international event produced by the TEAMS (Travel, Events and Management in Sport) Conference & Expo—the world’s leading conference and expo for the sport-event industry—has announced Sebastian Coe, the president of World Athletics, as its keynote speaker.
A former MP, Lord Coe has served in several leadership positions across the world of sport. He headed the successful London bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games and became chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Lord Coe is also one of the most decorated and recognised UK athletes in international sport, having won four Olympic medals and set multiple world records in middle-distance running.
TEAMS Europe will be held 28–29 June at ExCeL London, in co-location with The Meetings Show, Business Travel Show Europe, and the TravelTech Show, all owned and operated by Northstar Travel Group, the leading travel industry media and marketing services company worldwide.
“Sebastian Coe is a leading figure in international sport,” said Jason Gewirtz, vice president and publisher, sports division, Northstar Meetings Group. “His stewardship of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics alone is a shining example of the value of sport, not just as a means of international goodwill, but as a driver of long-term economic development. His influence is considerable, and his keynote will help set the stage for the dynamic programme we have planned for TEAMS Europe.”
Lord Coe will address the attendees of TEAMS Europe and The Meetings Show on the 10th anniversary of the London Games, as well as the 10th anniversary of The Meetings Show.
“The legacy of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is a testament to the power of sport,” Coe said. “I look forward to sharing the insights learned from organising the Games and exploring how the Games themselves sparked not only a renewed interest in sport but a lasting economic development model for the region.”
Modelled after the TEAMS Conference in the United States, which is now in its 24th year, TEAMS Europe will bring together leading sport-event rights holders and organisers producing events in the UK and internationally with executives from destinations, facility management companies, hoteliers and service providers who want more sport-related business. The conference will provide insightful education from industry influencers, networking opportunities and pre-scheduled 1-to-1 meetings between vetted, hosted sport-event organisers and their potential business partners.
Lord Coe’s keynote will be available to conference attendees of The Meetings Show programme as well.
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