Every year cities around the world compete to host large sports events. Hosting a large sports event gives a boost to local economies attracting millions of tourists to the country. Apart from global events like the Olympics or the World Cups, even annual sports leagues like English Premier League, La Liga, NBA or even the Indian Premier League are multi-billion dollar properties.
According to Plunkett Research Group, the estimated size of the global sports industry is $1.7 trillion. The humongous sports industry has a contagious effect on advertisements, merchandise sales, hospitality and travel insurance. An estimated $800 million was spent on sports tourism in 2016, which was equal to over 10 percent of the entire tourism industry earnings in the year. And the sports tourism wave is showing no signs of abating.
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One of the marquee sports properties is the English Premier League, where some of the best football clubs compete to lift the title every year. An EPL season starts in August and concludes in May, with most of the matches held on Saturdays and Sundays. With the 2019-20 season starting on Aug 9 and promising to be a cracker of a league with a formidable Manchester City gunning for a third consecutive title win. The champions will be challenged by a strong Liverpool and a refreshed Manchester United. It can be a great opportunity for football lovers in India to take a trip to England to witness the sports spectacle live. Here is a list of English cities and regions to visit.
Home to two of the greatest football clubs—Manchester United and Manchester City, the North-Western city should be the default starting point. Manchester is a major centre for arts, architecture, education, media, and music. Beyond football matches, you can explore the rich history of the city full of restored Victorian houses. You can shop at a variety of local shopping areas or can visit the National Football Museum to get a briefing on the history of the game. If you plan in advance, you can witness a game of either of the home clubs in the Etihad Stadium or the famous Old Trafford. The thrill of watching your favourite football club playing doesn’t come cheap and so it is important to protect against last-minute hiccups. Get travel insurance before embarking on a trip to England. Bajaj Allianz Travel Insurance, available of Finserv MARKETS, protects you against trip cancellation, trip curtailment and also against trip delays.
The capital city of the UK doesn’t need an introduction, being one of the greatest cities to have ever existed on Earth. A treasure trove of history and culture, the city is also home to several premier league clubs such as Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspurs, West Ham, Crystal Palace, and even Chelsea. Two of the biggest clubs, Arsenal and Tottenham are based in North London, Chelsea is based in West London, while West Ham is based in East London. You have a better chance of grabbing a ticket for one of the matches in London as the city hosts the bulk of matches every season. Besides premier league matches, London offers a mix of museums, art galleries, centuries-old palaces and cathedrals, and delicious food. Even after preparing the itinerary to minutest of the detail, small events can disturb the entire trip. Buy a travel insurance policy before leaving for the European country. You do not have to fret over visiting branches or meeting agents, at Finserv MARKETS, you can get travel insurance online in five easy steps.
Situated nearly 350 km from capital London, Liverpool is one of the largest metropolitan areas in England. The city is home to the Liverpool and Everton football clubs. Having won the UEFA Champions League and losing the Premier League title by a narrow margin, Liverpool football club is on a high. Watching the home team in best of its form would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Liverpool was the home to the Beatles and places associated with one of the greatest music bands are popular tourist attractions in the city. You can have an eye-opening experience at the International Slavery Museum and can lighten your mood at the plethora of eateries and art galleries across the city.
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Even though Premier League matches are broadcast in every major country, watching live matches in a stadium full of enthusiastic supporters is altogether a different experience. With the current season promising to be an exciting one, it is the best time to plan a trip to England with your friends. However, do not forget to get travel insurance before the trip. A travel insurance policy protects you against personal accidents and medical emergencies, which can never be predicted.
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