Plan your group travel around international sporting events. North Americans are sporting enthusiasts and there is a wide range of sporting events in exotic locales to satisfy everyone’s dream destination and favourite event, from multi sports events to Formula One car racing, to cycling, horse racing, tennis tournaments, and, of course, the “grand daddies” of them all, World Cups and the Olympics. With our GroupsOnly division customizing your group itinerary, you will be able to combine both a touring experience and the sporting event, making it a trip of a lifetime for sports-mad enthusiasts.
Here are some up and coming events for 2016 and beyond to plan your group travel around.
This is an ANNUAL event.
It is no exaggeration to say that the Melbourne Cup is the “race that stops the nation.” This prestigious horse race is held on the first Tuesday of November each year in Australia. People tune in by radio and television, or in person, to Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne for the running of the 3,200 metre race. It’s seen by over 350 million people around the world.
World Masters Games
Auckland, New Zealand
April 21-30, 2017
With more athletes than the Olympics, the World Masters Games is the single biggest multi-sport event on Earth, and in 2017, Auckland, New Zealand is set to host the Games and welcome over 25,000 athletes to its stunning shores. Held every four years, the World Masters Games is for everyone, whether you play to stay fit, to have fun, or quite simply to win. During the last 10 days of April, 30 sports will be played across more than 45 venues. The best part about the games is the participation by athletes of all capabilities, who are excited by the idea of competing on a world stage and getting a taste of the Olympic experience. Now is the time to start training and planning your New Zealand pre- and post-touring itinerary. It truly is one of the most beautiful and idyllic countries in the world.
Gold Coast, Australia
April 04-15, 2018
The 21st Commonwealth Games will take place on Australia’s Gold Coast in April, 2018. More than 6500 athletes and team officials from over 70 nations will come to Australia, making them the third biggest multi-sport event in the world. The best athletes from around the Commonwealth will come together for 11 days of world-class competition in a variety of sports including aquatics, track and field, gymnastics, boxing, cycling, and wrestling, to name just a few. With Australia known as a great sport-loving nation, along with the Gold Coast’s renowned relaxed lifestyle, wonderous coastline and world heritage rainforests, 2018 will be a great year to combine your love of international sport competition with your dream trip to the lands Downunder.
Rugby World Cup 2019
September 6 – October 20, 2019
Rugby World Cup (RWC) not only celebrates the spirit of rugby, but also the diversity of cultures it brings together from all over the world. For the first time in the history of the tournament, Rugby World Cup will experience an Asian infusion when it is hosted by Japan in 2019. Japan currently has over 120,000 registered rugby players – the six largest playing numbers of any country – and has the highest number of clubs of any country in the world. Although the playing numbers in Japan are high, Asia as a region has 60% of the world’s population, but only 12% of the world’s rugby players. A successful tournament has the opportunity to excite and engage a new wave of players and fans.
RWC 2019 will see rugby played on a number of globally recognized venues, with the semi-finals and the final scheduled to take place in the Yokohama Stadium, which hosted the FIFA 2002 World Cup final (when Brazil beat Germany 2-0).
The Monaco Grand Prix
This is an ANNUAL event.
The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the world’s greatest and most challenging motor-racing events. At present, it is the last “street course” remaining in the Formula One calendar. The Monaco Grand Prix is staged around the narrow, winding streets of Monte Carlo. The main attraction of the Monaco Grand Prix is the proximity of the speeding Formula One cars to the race spectators.
The twisting 77-lap circuit offers incalculable opportunities for spectators to witness the thrill of screaming engines, smoking tires, and the genius of the drivers over the 263-kilometer race, on a course that allows no margin for error.
For many more sporting events and ideas for group travel, check out our Goway Calendar of Events – Sporting page.