[Source: Volvo Ocean Race] The contest to host stopovers in the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race is running hot with Expressions of Interest from 60 cities in 27 countries looking to stage the race, making it one of the largest host city bidding processes in sport.
With the race already set to start in Alicante for the next two editions and a limited number of stopovers plus one finish port to find in each race, competition between bidders will be fiercer than ever.
Expressions of Interest were received in response to a formal request sent out last month by The Sports Consultancy, the London based event-tendering specialists who are managing the process on behalf of the Volvo Ocean Race.
All new applicants submitting an Expression of Interest will be required to complete a Bid Application & Questionnaire by May 11, 2012, following which an evaluation by the Volvo Ocean Race will confirm the cities that will go through to the Candidate phase.
Commenting on the bidding process, Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad said: “It is hugely satisfying to see the strong global appeal the current edition of the race is generating and that is reflected in the number of cities around the world interested in hosting a Stopover event in future editions of the Volvo Ocean Race.”
Angus Buchanan, Director of The Sports Consultancy, added: “The competition to host a Volvo Ocean Race stopover is a real endorsement to the continuing improvements being made to the Volvo Ocean Race and the ever increasing returns to its host city partners in terms of global media exposure and direct economic benefits. When planning the new route it is essential that we balance the heritage of ocean racing and this great event whilst ensuring we visit new territories in order to bring sailing to a new audience.”