AAP to host 2018 FIA Sport Conference in June
The Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP) recently announced that it will host what could be the biggest motorsports spectacle in the country ever, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Sport Conference on June 4 to 6.
Now on its sixth season, the FIA Sport Conference expects more than 400 delegates from 110 participating countries, with 250 representatives coming from various motorsports federations and a number of experts in this industry.
Among the motorsport activities lined up by the FIA include karting, rallying, gymkhana and drifting.
Since more countries have been producing hybrid and electric cars, the international motorsports federation will also hold an electric karting event following the ABB FIA Formula E Championship that was inaugurated in Beijing on September 13, 2014.
“I would like to commend the AAP, and the Department of Tourism (DoT) for making this event possible…We have chosen the Philippines as the host of the 2018 sport conference because we’ve seen that the AAP has been very active in organizing demonstrations, involving themselves to different motorsports, which is pretty amazing, supporting various training areas, and conducting road safety programs,” said Frederique Trouve, project director of the FIA Sport Conference.
The FIA will also launch its newest platform – the FIA Online Championship – in Asia Pacific region, intended to engage younger generations in motorsports.
“Since the younger generations have lots of things to do, it has been a challenge for us to encourage them to participate in motorsports. FIA Online Championship, and other programs such as road safety seminars, and demonstrations are the things that we think could entice them to appreciate the sport,” added Trouve.
In line with the 2018 FIA Sport Conference, the DoT will provide logistical support to foreign delegates and has started to talk to private sectors to avail of tour packages so that they can also visit other destinations in the Philippines.
“With all these motorsports activities, we will be able to attract more international excursionists in the country as well as to diversify the type of tourism that we have. We would like to thank the FIA and AAP for bringing this major motorsports event here in the Philippines. We look forward for a fruitful and more productive engagement of the event officials,” said DoT Usec. Allan Canizal.
Trouve officially turned over the FIA hosting certificate to AAP President Gus Lagman during the launching.
Other executives present in the ceremony were FIA Events Manager Martin Lalande, DoT Asst. Sec. Rick Alegre, AAP Private Sector Chairperson Mina Gabor, and her co-chairperson Mandy Eduque.