WITH the realistic prospect of Limerick playing host to Rugby World Cup games in 2023 looming large on the horizon, the man behind New Zealand’s staging of the rugby tournament will speak in the city this Thursday.
Martin Snedden, CEO of New Zealand Rugby World Cup 2011, is one of the key speakers at the European Sport Tourism Summit in Thomond Park on Thursday.
The event will bring together some of the world’s leading experts for a major industry think-tank at the stadium - which could play host to games in 2023 if the Government bid to host the tournament is successful.
Organised by W2 Consulting - Keith Wood’s company - the conference will be attended by delegates drawn from local authorities, sports bodies, federations, clubs, charity organisations and communities here and abroad eager to attract global sports events to their area.
Lars Lundov, CEO of Sport Event Denmark, Rick Traer, CEO, Canadian Sports Tourism Alliance, rugby star Lawrence Dallaligo, Sarah Harvey, Vice President of Tough Mudder and Keith Wood himself will all speak at the event.
Thomond Park boss John Cantwell will deliver a talk entitled Maximising Iconic Sports Venues as the Launch Pad for Sport Tourism.
Mr Cantwell said recently that Thomond Park was “built to host” Rugby World Cup games.
“It would deliver so much, not just for Thomond Park, but for Limerick, in terms of economic impact and everything that such a game or games would bring,” he said.
“We will be doing everything to try and get that type of decision over the board.”