Update: New, RFP version 2, with LOI and Bid Proposal Dates Extended!
WASHINGTON DC, October. 25, 2018 — In response to requests from potential bid communities in the United States and Canada, the World Table Hockey Association is extending its deadline to receive “Letters of Interest” (LOI) from Friday, October 26 to Friday, November 09, 2018. Click here for that story. The updated RFP v2 is further below.
Update: Answers to Questions From the Audience During the NASC’s Recent Webinar
WASHINGTON DC, October. 23, 2018 — Applicable to bidders in the USA and Canada, the World Table Hockey Association® (WTHA) is stating that,
- Bid communities are not required to send paper copies to the WTHA and can send documents electronically to the email address within the RFP.
- All aspects of the WTHA’s RFP are negotiable.
The WTHA will establish a Q&A page on its website to list other questions and answers by close of business Wednesday, October 24, 2018.
The Sport of Table Hockey Releases its First Request for Proposals
Inaugural Event Up for Bid: The World Table Hockey Association’s Festival, Exhibition, and Championships (FEC)
WASHINGTON DC, October. 1, 2018 — The World Table Hockey Association® (WTHA) released its first Request for Proposals (RFP) to members of the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) and National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) to bid on seeking to host the WTHA’s table hockey Festival, Exhibition, and Championships (FEC) for three consecutive years, starting in the fall of 2019-20, through 2020-21 and 2021-22.
Note: A copy of the RFP is at the bottom of this page. Use the Up and Down arrows in the lower left corner of the RFP to read through the document. The NASC and CSTA have downloadable copies of the RFP for their members through their member website.
The WTHA’s FEC will offer the public, casual fan, collectors, historians, manufacturers, serious-minded table hockey players, and others an opportunity to come together in one location to play on various types of table hockey games, test their skill, purchase games at a discount, meet top table hockey players, make new friends, celebrate the history of the game, as the WTHA takes table hockey into the future.
Those who attend the WTHA’s FEC will have the additional opportunity to visit and experience two great American and two great Canadian communities hosting our annual event for three consecutive years, starting in the fall of 2019-2020.
Interested CSTA and NASC members must submit a Letter of Interest to the WTHA by
October 26, 2018Friday, November 02, 2018, and submit their Bid Proposal by the November 9, 2018Wednesday, November 21, 2018 deadline.
Quality and Interest
“As part of our research and development of this RFP, most of the WTHA’s Board of Directors attended the NASC’s Sports Event Conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 2014. Subsequently, we traveled to Ottawa, Canada to attend the CSTA’s Sports Events Congress (SEC) 2017. Just last month, in September 2018, we were guests of S.P.O.R.T.S., The Relationship Conference, Winston-Salem, North Carolina,” said Gregory Scoma, president, WTHA. Adding that, “We have completed our homework.”
He added, “Our daily meeting schedule was booked full each day. Representatives from each community’s convention center and visitor’s bureau (CVB) or sports tourism agency decide with their limited time, which sports event owner they want to meet and which might be a good fit for their community? We were honored to have so many representatives eager to meet with us from great communities across Canada and the USA, and very interested in adding table hockey events to their community.”
“This is a two-way relationship. We asked a lot of questions to learn what each host community, sports tourism, or convention center and visitors bureaus goals are? What did they need from us? All with the goal to ensure we built an event that met or exceeded their needs while fulfilling ours as well.”
“Now we go through the bid process to determine the best match between the WTHA and bidding communities.”
Purpose and Deadlines
The purpose of the enclosed RFP is to provide a detailed overview of the FEC and the WTHA and to disclose the criteria we will use to evaluate submissions. Below are two important deadlines to keep in mind:
26 October 2018 – Letter of Interest
09 November 2018 – Letter of Interest (new date, as of 25 Oct. ’18)
09 November 2018 – Bid proposal
21 November 2018 – Bid proposal (new date, as of 25 Oct. ’18)
If you have questions, please include your name, email address, organization and question. Thank you!
Or for more immediate assistance, you may call us at 1-855-500-WTHA (9842)
The WTHA’s FEC RFP