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The Volvo Ocean Race Festival 2012

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The Volvo Ocean Race Festival will take place from 30th June - 8th July 2012, when a fleet of up to 12 Volvo ‘Open 70’ class boats will arrive at Galway Docks on the penultimate leg from Lorient in France. Galway is set for a major tourism boost with well over 40,000 international visitors expected to travel to the city for the finish of the Volvo Round the World Ocean Race in 2012.

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Ireland's most exciting Festival Event the Volvo Ocean Race Grand Finale is set to enthral the city of Galway again from the 30th June to the 8th July 2012. The Volvo Ocean Race fleet will arrive in from Lorient to Galway on the 3rd July 2012 to the biggest festival in Ireland, that will embrace all cultures from each of the race stopovers. The Volvo Ocean Race Grand Finale 2011-2012 will be an 8 day festival of marine, sport, culture and arts, entertainment and food. Galway will extend the festival to include the Global Village across the harbour which will add to the entertainment and hospitality focus of the Race Village with a networking, exhibition and conference area for the business to business sector. The Galway Global Village will feature shows, exhibitions, entertainment and an unprecedented Grand Finale to the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012. The In-Port race is on the 7th July, after which the winner of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 will be declared. Galway is a vibrant city with a labyrinth of winding medieval streets, waterways and a maritime history and culture dating back centuries. Situated on the west coast of Ireland along the shores of Galway Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Galway has long been considered a centre of cultural excellence and looks forward to extending a céad míle fáilte (a hundred thousand welcomes) to the Volvo Ocean Race Round the World.

Global Village 2012 is a business to business initiative based on a trading post concept of open and free showcasing and trading of goods and services to a global audience. The key objective of the Global Village is to create an environment conducive to connecting Irish businesses to the global market and in doing so create a legacy of ongoing business relations long after the Volvo Ocean Race is over. The Global Village provides an opportunity for Irish industry to present its wares to a captive global audience. Global Village has been created to utilise the platform of the media coverage which in the last race achieved for the Volvo Ocean Race a 1.3 Billion television audience, 1.6 billion print audience and 1.1 billion on line audience to convey the messages under the categories of Ireland’s leading components, Innovation, Food, Green and Marine. As well as providing the venue for exhibitions and corporate gatherings, the Global Village will be the host to many of the exciting events planned over the duration of the festival including the arrivals welcome party for the final leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, a Fourth of July Party, a Celebration of Global Culture, an International Fashion Show and Speakers Platform. The Global Village will be divided into four category pillars along with Fashion, Youth and the Arts that have been identified to reflect the vision and strategy for an international recovery of our trading markets.


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