Sports fans are in luck right now, as we’re about to see a convergence of huge events, many of which only take place once every two to four years, as well as entirely new options but highly publicized. Here are some of the biggies and how you can go see them.
World Cup 2022
Next comes the number 1 sporting spectacle in the world, the Men’s Football World Cup, a quadrennial tournament like the Summer or Winter Olympics. Football is the most popular spectator sport in the world, and if you don’t get there this fall, you won’t be able to see it again until 2026. Every World Cup is rare in the sense of the four-year cycle, but this one- ci is even more notable due to a few firsts, including fall dates, so it doesn’t conflict with the busy summer family vacation season and Middle Eastern location (not without controversy,according to New York Times). As a result, 1.3 million visitors are expected to visit Qatar in November, when the 2022 edition takes place across eight glorious stadiums.
The United States got a minimum of three appearances. The location makes travel particularly easy and attractive as Qatar Airways is widely ranked among the best in the world and has just won the industry’s top award for the sixth time, Skytrax Airline of the Year (find out more more on what makes them so good here on Forbes). Qatar serves Doha nonstop from 12 US cities (New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Houston, San Francisco, Miami, Philadelphia, Seattle, Boston and Washington DC).
qatarairwayswhich is in turn the official airline of soccer’s world governing body FIFA, has partnered with the Miami-based company Overseas network to provide dedicated customer service to United States fans purchasing Packages. To prepare, Overseas Network has opened an office in Qatar and has spent the last year creating experiences focused on local cultural attractions around each stadium, and has an additional partnership with the country’s tourism entity, Discover Qatar.
Qatar Airways offers Official Fan Travel Packages for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 which include airfare, games, accommodation and access to a range of unique experiences such as pearl fishing in traditional dhows, excursions to Bedouin camps in the desert, receptions with professional players, etc. Soccer fans in the United States can get game tickets, round-trip flights and accommodation in one package, starting at $5,667 per person. November 21 – December 18, 2022.
Ryder Cup 2023
For the first time, golf’s biggest international rivalry will be played in Italy, the destination the Americas say in the polls they want to visit more than any other. This is the perfect opportunity to combine two passions.
The biannual competition was last held at the excellent Wisconsin’s Destination Kohlerone of the best golf resorts in the world, on the famous Whistling Straits course, and it has drawn huge crowds as the Ryder Cup continues to grow in popularity.
The competition alternates between the United States and Europe and will be played in September 2023 at the Marco Simone Golf Club on the outskirts of Rome.
On the spot, a well-known supplier of travel and accommodation for sporting events, is the official package partner for the US market and offers many options. There are 2,3,4,5 and 7 night packages which are all-inclusive with event tickets, accommodations, and round-trip ground transportation from hotels to the venue. Many packages add a VIP hospitality tent on site. For every length of stay, there is a wide choice of hotels, from mid-range to luxury, and some include opening ceremonies.
Longer packages include both included and optional non-golf related sightseeing activities, and if you really want to get started, golf add-ons to area courses will be an available upgrade. Starting at $3,635 per person without air. September 25 – October 1, 2023
Las Vegas Grand Prix
Formula 1 (F1) racing popularity is at an all-time high in the US, thanks in large part to the Netflix hit
The race is expected to be the highest-attended event in Las Vegas history, breaking a nearly 30-year-old record held by a Grateful Dead concert. With many of the world’s largest hotels overlooking the course, there will be plenty of opportunities to attend.
Tickets and travel packages are not yet on sale, but when they are, they will be available at F1 Experiences. However, one of the things that makes the race so appealing is that it can be viewed from many vantage points without a ticket, including sidewalks. It is expected to be literally the biggest thing to hit Vegas, and the expectations of the racing community are so high that it will likely immediately become second only to Monaco as the most desirable F1 race in the city. season. The race is scheduled for November 2023, details TBD, but is rumored to take place over Thanksgiving weekend.
Paris 2024 Olympic Games
After a disappointing string of recent host cities, including Tokyo (great city, but COVID has made attendance very difficult), Beijing and Pyeongchang, a tourism-friendly Olympics is finally back in one of everyone’s most beloved destinations. , Paris, for the 2024 Summer Games.
On the spot is also the Official Hospitality Provider for the Paris Games and the Paralympic Games, with a variety of experiential packages running throughout the Olympics. Guests can book multi-night packages which will include hotel stay, transportation and excursions based on their non-sporting interests, including food and wine, fashion and style, history and culture, music, physical activities and The well-being.
On Location also offers hospitality experiences inside venues where sporting events will take place. Customers can choose the dates they wish to attend the games and the level of hospitality and accommodations they prefer, and they will be matched with sporting events and packages that match these criteria. Currently they are taking a list of interested travelers. July 26 – August 11, 2024
What else is there?
In the past, I have written articles on Forbes on other major sporting events, including the Super Bowl and the Kentucky Derby. In a new twist, the world’s largest hotel loyalty program, Marriott’s Bonvoyrolled out a new platform called Bonvoy moments where travelers can redeem their hotel points for events in lieu of accommodations, or full travel packages to marquee concerts and sporting events including the NCAA’s Final Four March Madness, Tennis Tournament from the US Open, F1 races and many more, including international events all around the world. Read this primer to find out why it might be better to redeem your hotel points for things other than hotels.
Sports friends, travel safely!