Main sporting occasions have needed to be cancelled or rescheduled as a result of Covid-19 – one in all which was the Indian Premier League (IPL) which was rescheduled to September.
Nonetheless, the renewed occasion didn’t simply change date, but additionally location, with the venue shifting from India to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The change places a stamp of confidence on the nation and sends a transparent message that it’s comparatively secure in comparison with different locations, GlobalData, a knowledge and analytics firm, has argued.
Animesh Kumar, director of journey and tourism consulting at GlobalData, defined: “The occasion will instil confidence within the nation proper earlier than the height winter tourism season, which begins from November and goes on till April.
“It would additionally ship a message to occasion organisers throughout the globe that the UAE is secure and a very good possibility for numerous occasions, from sporting occasions to conferences, incentives, conferences and exhibitions.
“Moreover, there will likely be a direct financial affect for the UAE.
“IPL groups journey with massive contingents comprising gamers, assist workers, homeowners and directors.
“As well as, the organisers and broadcasters arrive with their groups and tools.
“These will all be reserving venues, accommodations, autos and assets, which can enhance native sectors, together with journey, hospitality and logistics.”
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Kumar continued: “At this stage, it isn’t clear whether or not spectators can be allowed through the matches, however, if the authorities do permit some spectators, it may give an extra enhance to the tourism business.
The direct contribution of IPL is estimated to be within the vary of $20-$25 million.
Kumar added: “Whereas organising the IPL presents important direct and oblique alternatives for the UAE, lots depends upon the profitable completion of the occasion.
“The occasion is predicted to begin within the second half of September and there are studies that some gamers and assist workers have examined optimistic for Covid-19.
“For the organisers and groups, arranging the matches is a tough job, which explains the explanation why the fixtures haven’t been introduced but.
“Even when the fixtures are introduced, the schedule is more likely to stay dynamic and versatile.”
He concluded: “Profitable completion would require important efforts and cooperation from all stakeholders, together with the native authorities and hospitality and logistics companions.
“Any disturbance within the schedule as a result of Covid-related dangers may dent the prospects of occasions and tourism in UAE.
“If every thing goes properly, when the final ball of the IPL is bowled, regardless of which staff wins, the UAE may very well be the true winner.”
Breaking Journey Information earlier this week spoke to Saeed Al Saeed, vacation spot advertising and marketing supervisor on the Division of Tradition & Tourism – Abu Dhabi, about internet hosting the Indian Premier League and wider plans for sports activities tourism within the Emirati capital.
Discover out what he needed to say right here.