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  1. Glad to see this bid come together but one would imagine that masterplan of the Olympic Park site would need revisions. The BOH/FOH setup as an example.

    Would it be possible to swop the OV site with the Aquatic Centre island (even if it does seem smaller)?

    Is it wise to combine the 3 major venues with the OV and other services on two islands with what seems to be moderate access?

  2. Oh okay then, it makes more sense ;)

    I was just checking to see if the ioc is okay with it or not,,,.

    Btw good job tokyo on 100% full fiber optic coverage of the city, Qatar is followimg your footsteps, in 2014 we will be done..

    The only reason a media village concept even exists is if hotel rooms are insufficient.

    Yes, they are fine with existing accommodation, rather than "potetial" media villages.

  3. does Cape Town has withdrawn? :huh:


    Mr. Speaker, I would like it finally noted that we request today that Council supports our recommendation to withdraw our bid for the World Games in 2017.

    When we undertook this bid, we did so on the understanding that it would cost, in total, R360 million and with the expectation of support from the national government and national sporting bodies.

    New financial projections suggest that the real costs would in fact be at least R560 million and likely even more in the face of a weakening currency.

    There has also been no external funding from national government or any other external agency committed to this bid, leaving the City to bear the costs on its own.

    With this new information, we do not feel that it would serve the people of Cape Town to proceed, not least because financial modelling indicates that it would require significant rates increases to support this event.

    Unfortunately, those costs are beyond our reach and we would be undermining our own broader efforts at improving service delivery by committing to ever-escalating costs.

    By making this decision, we are convinced that we are ultimately serving our prerogative of creating the economic enabling environment in which jobs can be created and dignity enhanced.

  4. Cape Town meets Rio Olympic Organizers

    30 Aug 2011 11:01Submit a commentBizLike

    Calvyn Gilfellan, CEO of Cape Town Routes Unlimited (CTRU) will meet this week with Leonardo Gryner, CEO of Rio's 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games as part of a marketing drive in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    Before this meeting, where Gilfellan will share the marketing lessons learnt through South Africa's successful hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, he will represent the destination at the SAA Sao Paulo Tourism Workshop and the Visit SA Expo in Buenos Aires.

    "It is crucial that we maintain the top-of-mind awareness in the South American market made possible by the World Cup. The number of Brazilians to our destination increased by almost 70% from 15 580 in 2009 to 26 340 in 2010. We cannot afford to rest on our laurels and must maximise our efforts in developing markets like these," he says.

    "International marketing platforms are opportunities to touch base with tour operators to find out what their customers are looking for, so that we can position ourselves better and consequently draw more tourists from South America to our destination.

    "Before and during the World Cup, Cape Town and the Western Cape hosted various Brazilian delegations, which came to see how we were preparing to host the world for the biggest sports spectacular. Various initiatives, like the highly successful Casa "little" Brazil, will be exported and translated into the Brazilian context when that country hosts both the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games in 2016. It is a real privilege for us to share our knowledge and experience with our Brazilian compatriots. We wish them all the best as they too make history preparing to host these two mega-events," he concludes.

  5. Today, during the report of Rio de Janeiro 2016, to the IOC session, one of the IOC Members asked about the seating capacity of the Joao Havelange stadium.

    The IOC Member was concerned by the seating capacity of 65,000 because now for the London Olympics there were 1 million requests for the 100 meters athletics and many for the ceremonies. He asked if the stadium could be increased.

    Guzman answerred that first the plan was from 41,000 to 60,000 temporary. But now they want 60,000 permanent and they are going to research a possible increase to 80,000 temporary for the Games. That's no guarantee for the final number of seats however, only guarantee for a research.


    It is possible.


  6. The marketing of the bid need and overhaul. Many key assets of Madrid are just not mentioned.

    Having been to Madrid, the previous bids do not capture the essence (spelling) and vibe of the city.

    PYC's 3rd attempt success was instrumental in Madrid announcing a bid.

    I would suggest a longer lag time between conclusion of Winter Olympic bid and the deadline for the next Summer Games bids.

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