The first weekend of March was a special one for the Games as the inaugural Okinawa Corporate Games was staged on this idyllic Island.
Okinawa is an beautiful place, famed as a tourist destination for many years but now it has now taken it’s place as a centre for sport and business too. With a rich cultural heritage, terrific venues and magical scenery this destination possesses some fantastic attributes to stage the Games and the quality of venues selected was exemplary.
In addition the hardworking Games Team on the Island ensured that there was something for everyone to enjoy regardless of their age or sporting prowess.
As well as the packed weekend of sport that Games participants have come to expect, Okinawa gave all of the entrants an excellent array of celebrations with the Grand Parade of Athletes, Great Games Party and Closing Awards particular highlights. These components were brilliantly staged at the purpose built Celebration Zone that was constructed for the weekend in the grounds of the Official Games Headquarters Hotel, the Hilton Okinawa Chatan Resort.
Entrants came from across the world to join with local business participants to enjoy the ultimate mix of sport, business and tourism. Companies were represented that had traveled from the UK, Malaysia, Hong-Kong, Singapore, America, Taiwan and many more so, there was a truly international feel to the proceedings which was been really pleasing for the host of local supporters of the Games.
Mr Bill Torch, Team Leader from Lloyds Banking Group brought a group of 19 from the UK to be involved and he was overwhelmed by the welcome they received from the Games Hosts. Bill sent this message to the Team there; “The Games were a fantastic success and you all should be very, very proud of what you achieved. The Games Party on Saturday and the Awards Presentation on the Sunday were the best we have ever been to. Both were an excellent experience and something we will not forget. On behalf of the team I would like to say that the people of Okinawa are lovely and made us feel very relaxed and very welcome. Nothing was too much trouble. Both the hotels, the Vessel and the Hilton were brilliant, but the Hilton was out of this world. I cannot express how much we all enjoyed our time in Okinawa and we all hope to return in future”.
Mr Torch and his team were successful in winning the Division 3 Award and also the Badminton Sports Championship as well as a host of medals.
As always any first place medalist at any Corporate Games automatically gains complimentary entry into the World Corporate Games later in the year. For those that don’t already know, the destination for that Games will be Mexico City from the 12-15th November, so Mr Torch and some of his team could be in for a treat in November too…
Juan Manuel Rotter Alday has been responsible for staging almost half a dozen Games in Mexico in recent years but he is really looking forward to seeing the biggest annual multi-sport festival for businesses staged in Mexico City. This is a bustling City of over 20 Million inhabitants with a rich sporting and business history. Juan has confirmed that the appetite from Mexican companies to be involved has been stronger than ever but he is is also keen to encourage International visitors from around the World to join with the locals in the Games this year. He said, ” We have an array of excellent packages available that are outstanding value and we want to ensure that every visitor will enjoy one of the best experiences of their lives. We are so proud to have the opportunity to stage the World Corporate Games and we are already working hard to ensure it is the best that it can be – we really hope that you can join us in November”
These are just two of the Games on the varied calendar for 2015 so whether you fancy Stoke and Staffordshire or South Africa, Tokyo or Turkey, Annecy or any of the 3 great Games in Australia – or even one of our other exciting Corporate Cup’s and Games we are determined to ensure that you have the best time possible. Plus watch this space and monitor the website for exciting new Games opportunities and announcements of projects coming to a City near you.
So, well done to the Team in Okinawa and Good luck to you and your organisation for you plans with the Worldwide Corporate Games Community this year -wherever this may take you!
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