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Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 partners with San Francisco Travel

San Francisco Travel aligned as official destination marketing partner for world competition next July.

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With Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 just under a year away, exciting partnerships are beginning to emerge with initiatives aimed at enhancing the fan experience. Rugby World Cup Sevens, through host union USA Rugby, has teamed up with the San Francisco Travel Association as the official destination marketing partner for the tournament.

San Francisco Travel has long been the perfect resource for visitors looking to take full advantage of all the Bay Area has to offer. From planning a trip to a calendar of popular events, no one knows more than they do about the City by the Bay.

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 promises to be a special event and a great opportunity for sports fans from the Bay Area to witness the best the world of sevens has to offer. It’s also going to attract large numbers of rugby supporters from the rest of North America and across the world who will see the staging of this tournament in San Francisco as being too good to miss. Away from the rugby, there is so much for visitors to do in this part of the U.S. so to have on board a partner like San Francisco Travel is going to make the fan experience even better as they make the most of this opportunity.”

USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne said: “San Francisco has been well entrenched in the world of sports, having recently hosted the America’s Cup and Super Bowl 50. USA Rugby and the Rugby World Cup Sevens look forward to an important marketing partnership with San Francisco Travel.With their invaluable connection to our host city, it’s exciting to work with them in welcoming world-class competition to the United States.”

San Francisco Travel is positioned to provide USA Rugby and Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 with marketing support, both domestically and around the world, as well as connections with travel media and tour operatiors to make sure the tournament is as accessible as possible for fans withing the USA and further afield.

Joe D’Alessandro, President and CEO of San Francisco Travel, said: “We are very excited to partner with Rugby World Cup Sevens and bring the event to the United States for the first time. We have seen the enthusiasm that rugby inspires in fans around the world and are looking forward to welcoming all of that energy and excitement to San Francisco in July of 2018.”

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 will be hosted from July 20-22at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.. This will be the first time in its history, the tournament will be hosted on U.S. soil. Tickets are now available at https://www.rwcsevens.com/tickets

About San Francisco Travel:

The San Francisco Travel Association is a private, not-for-profit organization that markets the city as a leisure, convention and business travel destination. With more than 1,300 partner businesses, San Francisco Travel is one of the largest partnership-based tourism promotion agencies in the country.

Tourism, San Francisco's largest industry, generated record-breaking numbers in 2016. More than 25.1 million people visited the destination, spending in excess of $9.69 billion. More than 80,200 jobs are supported by tourism in San Francisco.

About RWC Sevens 2018:
In 2015, World Rugby granted to USA Rugby hosting rights of the largest international sevens tournament. USA Rugby is leading the planning and delivery of this international tournament in San Francisco, working closely with World Rugby, local partners and officials. Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 will be played in the iconic AT&T Park, featuring the best 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams from around the world. For more information, visit www.rwcsevens.com.