Charlottetown SCORES Big Again

Charlottetown SCORES Big Again

Charlottetown, PE, March 19, 2019 – Charlottetown maintained the number one ranking in Canada for hosting sport events in the GSI Canada Index: Population under 50,000. Charlottetown also climbed to number 6 overall in the country with Montreal, Quebec City, Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver.  

The announcement was made at the Sport Events Congress 2019 today in Ottawa.  

The SCORE team led by Councillor Kevin Ramsay, Events Development Officer, Wayne Long, and Tourism Officer, Laurel Lea, are currently attending the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance Sport Events Congress in Ottawa, the largest annual gathering of sport tourism professionals and events right holders in the country. The Congress is the perfect platform to pitch Charlottetown as a premiere hosting destination.

In the second year of the Global Sports Impact (GSI) Canada Index, Montreal again ranked as the top city in Canada for hosting sports events. It retained the title of “GSI Canada – Sport City 2019” and was followed by Quebec City ranked 2nd , and Edmonton ranked 3rd . The announcement was made at Sport Events Congress 2019 (SEC19) today in Ottawa.

The top national sporting event in Canada, as determined by the GSI Canada Index, was the 2018 Grey Cup with the next four ranked events: 2nd – 2018 Tim Hortons Brier (men’s curling); 3rd – 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts (women’s curling); 4th – 2018 Canadian Championships Final (soccer); and 5th – 2018 MasterCard Memorial Cup (hockey).

The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA), in partnership with Sportcal, the publisher of the annual Global Sport Impact (GSI) Report, developed the GSI Canada Index in 2018. It is based on national championships and international competitions both hosted in 2018 as well as those national championships/international events currently awarded for 2019 and beyond[1]. Members of CSTA, including National Sport Organizations, completed an online worksheet which was analyzed independently by Sportcal.

“The GSI Canada Index ranks cities hosting national sports championships and international sports events in Canada through a data-driven assessment and provides an independent analysis from internationally recognized experts in the field,” said Rick Traer, CEO, Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance. “Sport Tourism in Canada is now almost a $7 billion industry annually. Our goal, in developing this tool for our members, is to enable host cities to better understand the impact they are delivering through their sport hosting strategies.”

“Canada is one of the most prominent hosts of major sports events and has claimed a place in the top six in every single edition of our global ranking. The GSI Canada Index provides local insights into the building blocks of Canada’s success in the international hosting scene. It also encourages the cities and sports organisations to collect and aggregate their event data in an organised manner,” said Krzysztof Kropielnicki, Head of Events, Sportcal.

Sportcal is the world-leading provider of sports market intelligence. It produces the annual GSI Nations and Cities Index, analyzing major multi-sport games and world championships, and ranking cities and nations in order of hosting.

Based on the input provided, each host city receives a score and ranking within its respective CSTA membership category on an annual basis. There were 119 cities, 433 national championships and 261 international events included in the compilation of the 2019 GSI Canada Index.

During Sport Events Congress 2019, these Canadian rankings were publicly announced:

GSI Canada Index: Population 500,000 or larger
1. Montréal, Que. 
2. Québec City, Que. 
3. Edmonton, Alta. 

GSI Canada Index: Population between 150,000 – 500,000 
1. Saskatoon, Sask. 
2. Richmond, B.C. 
3. Regina, Sask. 

GSI Canada Index: Population between 50,000 – 150,000 
1. Kelowna, B.C. 
2. Lethbridge, Alta. 
3. Fredericton, N.B. 

GSI Canada Index: Population under 50,000 
1. Charlottetown, P.E.I. 
2. Brandon, Man. 
3. Leduc, Alta. 

GSI Canada Index: National Sports Event 2018
1. 2018 Grey Cup (football) 
2. 2018 Tim Hortons Brier (curling) 
3. 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts (curling) 
4. 2018 Canadian Championship Final (soccer) 
5. 2018 MasterCard Memorial Cup (hockey) 
6. 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships 
7. 2018 U-SPORTS Cavendish Farm University Cup (hockey) 
8. 2018 Volleyball Canada Nationals 
9. 2018 Vanier Cup (U-SPORTS football) 
10. 2018 U SPORTS Men’s Basketball Final 8 

The full GSI Canada Index by city and by population is available on the CSTA website.

About Sportcal
Sportcal is a world-leading provider of sports market intelligence. At the forefront of the industry, it delivers unrivalled sports analysis and insight to a range of global clients. Based in the UK, Sportcal is the essential resource for anyone involved in the business of sport. With an in-depth analysis of major multi-sport games and world championships, it compiles and produces annually the GSI Nations and Cities Index, announced yearly at the SportAccord. The indices extend over a 14-year period covering seven years in the past and projecting seven years in the future.


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