POSTED: July 15th 2016
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Rome 2024 consolidates accommodations for the Olympic Bid

The Residenza Ruspoli Bonaparte is one of boutique luxury places to stay in the heart of the city in the Ruspoli Palace © Residenza Ruspoli Bonaparte
The Residenza Ruspoli Bonaparte is one of boutique luxury places to stay in the heart of the city in the Ruspoli Palace © Residenza Ruspoli Bonaparte

The Rome 2024 bid team 'We are ready to face the Olympic challenge' © Rome 2024
The Rome 2024 bid team 'We are ready to face the Olympic challenge' © Rome 2024

The 5 star Hassler hotel at the top of the Spanish Steps is a regular for celebrities and offers stunning views © Hassler Hotel
The 5 star Hassler hotel at the top of the Spanish Steps is a regular for celebrities and offers stunning views © Hassler Hotel

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Rome 2024 Olympic bid held meetings today making an 'important step' to consolidate accommodations requirements should they win the rights to host the Summer Games. Rome is bidding against Budapest, Paris and Los Angeles to host the Olympics and Paralympics.

The bid committee met with FederAlberghi and Unindustria and a delegation of hoteliers from Rome in the CONI's Salone d'Onore. The IOC requires 40,000 rooms during the Olympic Games and 8,300 for the Paralympics for accommodations.

Rome's already strong tourism attraction offers a wealth opportunities and Olympian Diana Bianchedi, General Coordinator of the bid, noted, "The structures available in Rome amply suffice for these figures." 

Hosting the Games would be a boon for the Rome tourism market and the potential impact according to past Games and data derived from international comparisons.

"The race for the Olympics is one we all need to win together," commented Giampaolo Letta, Unindustria Vice President entrusted with the Olympics and the Jubilee. He added, "The Games are an opportunity we mustn't miss.  

"We all need to work together in order for the bid to be successful."

Rome's hoteliers are very much behind the bid, "We are excited by the challenge; it's an opportunity we mustn't let slip by," stated Onorio Rebecchini, Councillor for FederAlberghi's Executive Council.

"We want to strengthen Rome's traditional vocation toward hospitality, making the most of this chance to modernize and enhance our accommodations.

"That's why we are already standing beside you during this initial phase."

The next meeting is set for September and will include a technical discussion with the hoteliers of the Eternal City. The result of this meeting will be utilized for the third phase of the Rome 2024 bid, which will be delivered by February 3rd with the conclusion of the IOC Questionnaire.

Sapienza University of Rome and Sapienza Innovazione Sign Partnership Agreement

The Olympic bid signed an agreement with the Sapienza University of Rome and the Sapienza Innovazione Consortium designed to help develop innovative technology and projects to support research and development in sectors of interest for the Rome 2024 Olympic bid. The agreement aims towards helping to modernize the city. 

Research programs will be set up targeting cultural heritage, green economy, smart cities, mobility, logistics, food, safety and security.

This tripartite group will hold regular meetings and engage students and faculty to develop innovative solutions to enhance the Rome Olympic bid.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.


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