Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines latest Premier Partner of SPIA Asia 2019

TPB is co-presenter of SPIA Asia 2019 Sports & Tourism to be featured

The 5th Edition of Asia’s leading sports business conference and awards platform, SPIA Asia – Asia’s Sports Industry Awards & Conference, is proud to announce its extension of its major partnership with TPB Philippines for the 2019 event in the Philippines. SPIA Asia 2019 will run from 2-3 December at the Grand Hyatt Manila and is part of the official activities of the 30th South East Asian Games, which are taking place during the same time.

“We are delighted to announce our Partnership with TPB Philippines. Sport & Tourism go hand-in hand and this is no different in the Philippines. Every year, sport has a tremendous economic impact through the hosting of major sporting events as well as tourists entering the country to participate in leisure sporting activities such as golfing, swimming and diving”, states Eric M. Gottschalk, CEO and Founder of SPIA Asia. “SPIA Asia has always featured a strong segment of Sport & Tourism at the conference and we are excited to have TPB actively contribute to this segment, especially considering the sports-tourism impact that the 30th SEA Games should have.”

“”In Fulfilling its mandate to attract MICE and Sports tourism to the country, the Philippines Tourism Promotions Board cannot be more honored to host and support the Asia’s Sports Industry Awards and Conference 2019 in Manila in conjunction with the SOUTHEAST ASIAN GAMES.

The Philippines welcomes warmly all conference delegates and enjoins everyone in celebrating and congratulating the Winners of the prestigious Asia Sports awards,” states Ms Venus Tan, Chief Operating Officer, Tourism Promotions Board Philippines.

Over 600 delegates and 60 international speakers are expected to attend the event in Manila with key focus on the pulse of the industry such as “Business of Football” including the exclusive LaLiga panel, eSports, rugby, basketball, motorsport, MMA/boxing, sports tech start-ups, and several subjects around tolerance, integrity and inclusion. Key attractions at SPIA Asia will be the keynote address by PHISGOC, the organizing committee of the 30th South East Asian Games and the launch of the Asian Sponsorship & Events Association.

SPIA Asia will also host its annual edition of the SPIA Asia Awards, Asia’s most prestigious and credible awards platform, recognizing and celebrating sporting excellence of the industry, including this year’s inaugural “Best Asian Sportsman”, “Best Asian Sportswoman” and “Best Asian Sports Team of the Year” awards.

SPIA Asia brings together the governing bodies, federations, agencies, rights holders, brands and organizations which strongly contribute and positively influence the landscape of sport in Asia.

Organized by MMC Sportz, SPIA Asia is endorsed by PHISGOC, the local organizing committee of the 30th South East Asian Games, the Tourism Promotions Board Philippines and supported by the following entities: LaLiga, Allianz, YouGov Sport, HANZZ+HEIDII, Kooora, Sport Business, SRI, Esports Insider, Grand Hyatt Manila, Asian Replica, F1 Race Simulators, Color Manila and sponsorship marketing support from Paul Poole (South East Asia) Co. Ltd.


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