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11 Jan 2001
IOC News , Press Release


Lausanne, 11 January 2001 - What:
The first World Conference on Sport and Tourism, organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Tourism Organization (WTO), will be taking place on 22 and 23 February 2001 in Barcelona, Spain. The purpose is to look at the close links, which exist between sport and tourism and their mutually beneficial impact on society in terms of sustainable economic development.

Organized in cooperation with the government of Catalonia, Barcelona City Council and the Spanish Olympic Committee, the conference will focus on four main themes: Sport and Tourism in the Economy; the Business of Sport and Tourism; Human Values Fostered by Sport and Tourism; and Marketing and Promotion of Sport and Tourism. It will bring together representatives of Olympic Games Organizing Committees, ministries responsible for tourism, International Sports Federations, National Olympic Committees, broadcasters and experts on tourism development and the sports industry.

22 February 2001 – 9 a.m.- 6.15 p.m.
23 February 2001 – 9 a.m.- 7.30 p.m.

Barcelona Conference Centre
Avenida Reina Maria Cristina s/n
08004 Barcelona

Press conference:
A press conference is scheduled for 22 February at 1.15 p.m.

The media are invited to download the accreditation form from the section devoted to this conference on the IOC website or to contact the IOC Communication Department to receive a form by fax.

Media will be able to pick up accreditation cards between 3 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday 21 February, at the Barcelona Conference Centre, upon presentation of identification and a valid press card.

Hotel reservations can be made by filling in the form available on the IOC website or by contacting the conference travel agent directly:
Av. Diagonal 687
08028 Barcelona
Tel: (34 93) 4955015
Fax: (34 93) 4482277

Because of the limited number of rooms available at this time of the year, all reservations should be made before 15 January 2001.

Media facilities:
A press room with all the necessary facilities will be available to the media at the Barcelona Conference Centre. This will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on 22 February, and from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on 23 February.

Covering the conference:
Journalists, photographers and television teams will have access to the conference hall and will be allowed to follow/film all the proceedings. Flash use during the sessions is discouraged, however. Camera positions with the necessary technical equipment will be set up inside the conference hall.

Interview requests:
All requests for interviews will be handled by Emmanuelle Moreau of the IOC Communications Department, tel.: (41 21) 621 6111.

IOC Communication Department, tel.: (41 21) 621 6111; fax: (41 21) 621 6356.

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