Sports Travel – How to take part in the world’s biggest sporting events

Sports fans are in luck at the moment, as we’ll soon see a cluster of big events, many of which only happen every two to four years, along with some entirely new but very high-profile options. Here are some of the biggies and how to watch them.

World Cup 2022

Next up is the world’s #1 sporting spectacle, the Men’s World Cup, a four-yearly tournament like the Summer or Winter Olympics. Football is the world’s most popular spectator sport and if you don’t go this fall you won’t see it again until 2026. Each World Cup is rare in the sense of the four-year cycle, but this one is even more notable for some firsts, including fall dates, so it doesn’t clash with the busy summer family holiday travel season and Middle East location (not without controversy, according to the New York Times). As a result, 1.3 million visitors are expected to visit Qatar in November when the 2022 edition is staged across eight glorious stadiums.

USA earned at least three appearances. The location makes travel particularly easy and attractive, as Qatar Airways is widely ranked as the best in the world and has just won the top industry award, Skytrax Airline of the Year, for the sixth time (read more about what makes them so good here ). forbes). Qatar flies non-stop to Doha from 12 US cities (New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Houston, San Francisco, Miami, Philadelphia, Seattle, Boston and Washington DC).

Qatar Airways, which in turn is the Official Airline of FIFA, the global governing body of football, has partnered with the Miami-based Overseas Network to offer dedicated customer service for US fans purchasing packages. In preparation, Overseas Network opened an office in Qatar and has spent the last year creating experiences centered on local cultural attractions around each stadium, and has an additional partnership with the country’s tourism organization, Discover Qatar.

Qatar Airways is offering Official Fan Travel Packages for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, covering airfare, matches, accommodation and access to a range of unique experiences such as pearl fishing in traditional dhow boats, excursions to Bedouin desert camps and meet- include receptions and greets with professional players and more. Football fans in the US can purchase game tickets, round-trip airfare and accommodation in one package starting at $5,667 per person. November 21 – December 18, 2022.

Ryder Cup 2023

For the first time, golf’s greatest international rivalry will be hosted in Italy, the destination more Americans say in polls they want to visit more than any other. It’s a perfect opportunity to combine two passions.

The biannual competition was last held at Wisconsin’s excellent destination Kohler, one of the world’s premier golf resorts, on the acclaimed Straits Course in Whistling Straits and has drawn huge crowds as the Ryder Cup continues to grow in popularity.

Taking place alternately in the US and Europe, the competition will be held in September 2023 at the Marco Simone Golf Club on the outskirts of Rome.

On Location, a well-known travel and hospitality provider for sporting events, is the official package partner for the US market and offers many options. There are 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 night packages that are all inclusive with event tickets, accommodation and round trip transport from the hotels to the venue. Many packages add an on-site VIP hospitality tent. There is a wide range of hotels from mid-range to luxury for any length of stay, and some include opening ceremonies.

Longer packages have both included and optional non-golf tourism activities, and if you really want to tee off, golf add-ons for area courses are available as an upgrade. From $3,635 per person without air. September 25 – October 1, 2023

Las Vegas Grand Prix

The popularity of Formula One (F1) racing is at an all time high in the United States due in large part to hit NetflixNFLX
series Drive to survive. But the stakes will be raised significantly next year when an all-new annual US race makes its Las Vegas debut. It will be a street race at night, with a long straight right down the Strip (Las Vegas Boulevard), one of the most famous tourist spots in the world.

The race is expected to be the busiest event of any kind in Las Vegas history, breaking a nearly 30-year record held by a Grateful Dead concert. With many of the world’s largest hotels surveying the course, there will be ample opportunity to participate.

Tickets and travel packages have not yet gone on sale, but when they do they will be available from F1 Experiences. However, what makes the race so attractive is that it can be viewed from many vantage points without a ticket, including the sidewalks. It’s expected to be quite literally the biggest thing to hit Vegas and the expectations are so high in the racing community that it will likely come immediately second to Monaco as the most coveted F1 race of the season. The race is scheduled for November 2023, details TBD, but is rumored to take place over Thanksgiving weekend.

Olympic Games in Paris 2024

After a disappointing string of host cities recently, including Tokyo (great city but COVID made it very difficult to attend), Beijing and Pyeongchang, the tourism-friendly Olympics are finally back to one of the most popular tourist destinations ever, Paris Summer Games 2024.

On Location is also the Official Hospitality Provider for the Paris Games and Paralympic Games with a variety of experience packages being offered throughout the Olympic Games. Guests can book multi-night travel packages that include hotel accommodation, transportation and excursions based on their non-sporting interests, including food and wine, fashion and style, history and culture, music, physical activities and wellness.

On Location will also provide hospitality experiences within the venues hosting sporting events. Customers can select the dates they wish to attend the Games and the level of hospitality and accommodation they prefer, and they will be matched with the sporting events and packages that match those criteria. They are currently taking a list of interested travelers. July 26 – August 11, 2024

What else is there?

In the past I have written articles about forbes about other sporting events on the bucket list, including the Super Bowl and the Kentucky Derby. In a new twist, the world’s largest hotel loyalty program, Marriott’s Bonvoy, has launched a new platform called Bonvoy Moments where travelers can redeem their hotel points for events in lieu of lodging or purchase travel packages to concerts and marquee sporting events, including the NCAA Final Four March Madness, the US Open tennis tournament, F1 races and much more including international events around the world. Read this introduction to find out why it’s much better to redeem your hotel points for things other than hotels.

Sports fans travel safely!

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