The new partnership will see Thomson Sport develop travel packages for some of the most popular racing fixtures staged at The Jockey Club's 14-strong portfolio of racecourses, including the John Smith's Grand National Meeting at Aintree, the Cheltenham Festival, the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Downs, the William Hill Winter Festival at Kempton Park and the QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket.
Packages will include race tickets and transport, as well as optional extras such as meals, hospitality, hotel accommodation and other bespoke elements. They will also be developed around The Jockey Club's popular music nights, which welcomed more than 500,000 people to its venues in the last two years.
Simon Bazalgette, Group Chief Executive of The Jockey Club, said:
"As a best-in-class travel brand with a strong track record in sport, we're delighted to partner with Thomson Sport. Together we can offer fans of racing, sport and live events a host of special experiences to remember.
"This year, British racing has enjoyed increased attendances and TV audiences. We stage some of the best events in the world at our venues and working with the right partners can help us to broaden our sport's appeal and keep growing."
Tom Forshaw, Managing Director of Thomson Sport, said:
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with The Jockey Club and for the opportunity to help racegoers see and live the full track experience. Fully inclusive packages will mean enjoying a day at the races couldn’t be easier. Our experience and knowledge across a wide range of sports, as well as travel logistics, allows us to offer exceptional service to racegoers, as well as The Jockey Club itself.”
The agreement also provides Thomson Sport with a package of other rights including the use of The Jockey Club brandmarks; the category designation 'Official Travel Partner of The Jockey Club'; branding slots to promote Thomson Sport, online links via websites throughout The Jockey Club group, including the new www.thejockeyclub.co.uk;
Thomson Sport was recently appointed Licensed Tour Operator for UEFA EURO 2012. The company is also Official Travel Partner of the NFL in the UK, Official European Fan Travel Partner of the NBA, Official Overseas Travel Provider for englandfans and Official Travel Partner of the Scottish Football Association and Scotland Supporters’ Club.
Thomson Sport joins Jaguar as an Official Partner of The Jockey Club.
Notes to Editors
About The Jockey Club
The Jockey Club is at the heart of racing in Great Britain as the largest commercial group in the sport. Its interests include:
• Jockey Club Racecourses:
The group stages four of the five 'Classics' of Flat racing (the Derby and the Oaks at Epsom Downs and the 1,000 Guineas and 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket), as well as the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National at Aintree.
• Jockey Club Estates: The property and land management company responsible for the management and administration of more than 5,000 acres of land in and around the racing training centres of Newmarket and Lambourn, as well as an extensive property portfolio, including the Jockey Club Rooms.
• The National Stud: Transferred from Government to The Jockey Club in 2008, The National Stud is a commercial thoroughbred breeding enterprise with a commitment to provide training and educational programmes.
• Racing Welfare: A racing charity and company limited by guarantee with The Jockey Club being the sole member. The principal objective of Racing Welfare is to provide help to those in need who work or have worked in the thoroughbred industry, and their dependants.
In accordance with its objectives in the Royal Charter, The Jockey Club reinvests its profits in British racing and promotes measures to sustain and enhance the long-term success of the sport. For more information, please visit www.thejockeyclub.co.uk.
About Thomson Sport
TUI Travel's Sport Division is part of the Specialist & Activity Sector of TUI Travel PLC. The Sport Division, which includes Thomson Sport, is a unique collection of some of the most established sports travel & event brands in the world. The division specialises in delivering exceptional services and logistics to major worldwide sporting events for fans, teams, clubs and sponsors.
Appointments include official Travel Agent for Rugby World Cup 2011, British & Irish Lions Tours, Ashes Series, ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC World Twenty20, ICC Official Tour Provider, Rugby World Cup Sevens, Hong Kong Sevens, Participating Tour Operator for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Official Overseas Travel Provider for englandfans, The FA's official supporters club and Travel Provider for UEFA Under 21 Championships 2009, Wimbledon Championship and The British Grand Prix. Companies in the portfolio include www.gulliverstravel.co.uk, www.thomsonsport.com, www.sportsworld.co.uk, www.eventsinternational.co.uk, www.sportabroad.co.uk, www.thefanatics.com, www.williment.co.nz and www.astsports.com.au.
For further information:
If you require further information, please contact:
Scott Bowers, Group Director of Communications, The Jockey Club, on 07809 665 840 or email scott.bowers@
Lucy Flew, PR Executive, Thomson Sport, on 020 8971 2968 or email firstname.lastname@example.org