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14 Nov 2018
Breaking: Calgary public votes 'no' to 2026 Olympics

Canadian city Calgary's hopes to host the 2026 Winter Olympics Games are all but over, after a public vote saw the city's residents reject the plans.

The city conducted a plebiscite to gauge public opinion on whether or not there is sufficient interest to submit a bid.

When the results came in, 56 per cent had voted against hosting the Games.

The result comes despite the "yes" campaign having the backing of Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi, who had been vocal about the positive effects of a bid.

Nenshi had argued that a successful bid would see the city receive more than CA$2bn in federal and provincial funding for major infrastructure projects.

While the vote's result is non-binding on the city council – which has the final say on whether Calgary will proceed with a bid – it is unlikely that it will go against the public's wishes.

The vote is seen as another embarrassing rebuke for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as Calgary becomes the fifth candidate to pull out of the race to host the 2026 Games.

There are now just two candidates left for the 2026 Games – Swedish capital Stockholm and a joint Italian bid from the cities of Milan and Cortina.

Things could get worse for the IOC as the bid from Stockholm is also under threat, after a newly-elected Stockholm City Government said last month (October 2018) that no taxpayer money should be "wasted" on hosting the Games.

The lack of interest in cities hosting Olympic Games is becoming a critical issue for the IOC.

There were a total of five bids which were initially submitted for the 2024 Summer Olympics, but following withdrawals, only two bidding cities – Paris and Los Angeles – were left in the process.

As a result, the IOC agreed to award the 2024 and 2028 Games simultaneously – with Los Angeles agreeing to bid for the 2028 Games, effectively awarding the 2024 Games to Paris.

In October, IOC vice president Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr. admitted that the organisation has a problem.

"We have to make a huge effort in explaining ourselves better," he said, commenting on concerns on the cost of hosting the Games.

“(Our message) is not getting across with sufficient strength.”

The host city for the 2026 Games is set to be announced in June 2019, following a vote by the IOC council.


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16 Jun 2019
The future of medical spas explored in first-ever Swiss Medical Spa & Hospitality Think Tank
The EHL Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality (SSTH) hosted the first Swiss Medical Spa & Hospitality Think Tank on 6 June 2019 in Chur-Passugg, Switzerland.
14 Jun 2019
Networking, knowledge-sharing: 12th annual Forum HOTel&SPA deemed a success
The 12th annual Forum HOTel&SPA was held on 23 May at the Four Seasons George V Hotel in Paris, with a theme of ‘Multidiversity in Wellness’.
13 Jun 2019
ISPA to host pre-conference ‘Spa Workforce Super Session’
For the first time, the International SPA Association (ISPA) will host a pre-Conference Spa Workforce Super Session focusing on workforce development within the spa industry at the 2019 ISPA Conference & Expo. This two and a half-hour workshop will take a deep dive into one of the spa industry’s top priorities of recruiting, retaining and engaging quality talent.
11 Jun 2019
Women's World Cup: FIFA signs gender equality MoU with UN
World governing body FIFA has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Nations (UN) which aims to make football more accessible to women and girls.
06 Jun 2019
APSWC releases White Paper
The Asian Pacific Spa and Wellness Coalition has released a White Paper after its Round Table held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in March 2019.
06 Jun 2019
Huw Edwards: 'We need a cultural shift across government'
Huw Edwards, acting CEO of ukactive, has called for a "cultural shift" across government, in order for it to recognise the crucial role that the physical activity sector can play in improving the nation's health.
06 Jun 2019
Sport England and ukactive launch Communities of Learning platform to 'share what works'
A new leadership learning initiative aims to transform knowledge sharing in the physical activity sector.
22 May 2019
Monaco positions itself as wellness destination with first health & wellness festival
The principality of Monaco will host its first-ever health and wellness festival, ‘In Your Element’, from 5-7 July, in partnership with the Columbus Monte Carlo hotel and Monaco’s World Class Gym.
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18 Jun 2019
Next steps for the UK tourism industry post Brexit: skills, growth and delivering a sector deal
Central London
United Kingdom
19-22 Jun 2019
SPATEC Europe
Grand Hotel Dino
Baveno
Italy
25-27 Jun 2019
BALPPA Summer Conference 2019
The Balmer Lawn Hotel and Carey’s Manor Hotel
New Forest
United Kingdom
27-30 Jun 2019
SHINE
Anaheim Marriott
Anaheim
United States
28-29 Jun 2019
Les Mills Live
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim
United States
30 Jun - 10 Jul 2019
UNESCO World Heritage Committee
tbc
Baku
Azerbaijan
04 Jul 2019
National Hotel Marketing Conference
Hilton at St George's Park
Burton-on-Trent
United Kingdom
06-07 Jul 2019
In Your Element Festival
Monte-Carlo
Monaco
08 Jul 2019
Salon Life Beauty Convention
ILEC Conference Centre
London
United Kingdom
15-17 Jul 2019
IAAPA Institute for Attractions Managers
tbc
Manila
Philippines
18-20 Jul 2019
Indonesia International Amusement & Leisure Expo (IIALE 2019)
Jakarta International Expo
Jakarta
Indonesia
23-25 Jul 2019
National Sports Convention (NSC)
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Melbourne
Australia
04-06 Aug 2019
American Spa CBD Summit
Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center
Denver
United States
06-08 Aug 2019
IAAPA Institute for Attractions Managers
tbc
Sao Paulo
Brazil
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