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Vancouver named tops sports city in North America
Vancouver has once again cracked the top 10 of the world’s ultimate sports cities as ranked by SportBusiness Group which released its results on April 27 at the SportAccord conference in Dubai, UAE.

The city finished sixth overall behind Sydney, Berlin, London, Singapore and overall winner Melbourne. However, Vancouver finished first in the medium sized city category, as well as for Quality of Life, one of the criteria in the assessment.

Twenty-five cities made the initial cut based on their history of hosting sports events and then were interviewed and ranked by SportBusiness and independent consultant Rachael Church-Sanders. The range of criteria included the number of annual sports events held, major events held or won between 2006 and 2014, numbers of federations hosted, facilities/venues, transport, accommodation, government support, security, legacy, public sports interest and quality of life.

The full results will be published in the Ultimate Sports Cities 2010 Report in May along with detailed case studies on the shortlisted cities and interesting cities that just failed to make the cut.

“Given that we just finished hosting the biggest and most successful sporting event in Canadian history it should be no surprise that Vancouver ranks so highly as a sports city,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Our city has terrific venues, outstanding amenities and infrastructure, and energetic citizens who are great hosts, which is why we look forward to hosting more top calibre sporting events in the months and years ahead.”

Vanoc president and chief executive officer John Furlong notes that both Vancouver and Canada are highly deserving of the ranking after hosting one of the most successful Olympic and Paralympic Games ever.

“The city and whole country can take pride in this award, as during the Games every Canadian was a Vancouver native in their hearts and every Vancouverite was - more so than ever before - a proud Canadian. There’s no question that Vancouver’s reputation as a city that loves to be active and support sport was elevated before and during the 2010 Games and that even deeper spirit and commitment to sport will be one of the most important legacies of hosting this world class event.”

Five-time Olympian Charmaine Crooks, who supports Tourism Vancouver as a sport tourism consultant, says the city has earned the right to compete for other international sporting events in multiple disciplines.

“Sport federations and Olympic committees from around the world were most impressed with what the city promised and delivered for competition venues and other services that were needed to ensure a positive athlete and spectator experience,” noted Crooks. “In fact, here at SportAccord, many of the organizations are still talking about their Olympic experience and looking forward to returning to Vancouver for competition in the near future.”

Tourism Vancouver’s focus is on building exceptional customer relationships with meeting planners, travel influencers, travel media and independent tourists.