Region benefits from Special Olympics


Burgenland is the venue for the Special Olympics Summer Games for the first time. 1,800 athletes, people with intellectual disabilities, arrive on Thursday. The major event is also an economic factor.

The athletes are accompanied by coaches, supervisors and delegates. In total, there are more than 2,400 people who need accommodation and food in the coming days up to June 28th. All hotels around the event locations Oberwart, Pinkafeld, Großpetersdorf, Stegersbach and Parndorf are fully booked. Some delegations have to move to Styria.


The hotels around the venues are fully booked

Hotelier: Major events especially welcome this year

The hotelier Hans Martin Simon in Bad Tatzmansdorf is the host for 48 delegates. A very welcome deal for him. It’s a good thing this year that this major event is taking place in southern Burgenland, says Simon. The Austrians’ desire to travel has shifted more abroad this year, so this event is of course very welcome.

Bad Tatzmannsdorf restaurateur Herbert Driver also described the Special Olympics as an enrichment for the entire region. He was “absolutely convinced” that the place would benefit, as had already been seen in advance when everyone responsible for organization and planning was already there. Thank God all the houses are now fully booked, said Driver.

Tables and benches in exhibition hall


Final preparations in the Oberwart exhibition hall

Not only tourism benefits

The participants – but also relatives, helpers and visitors – get lunch in the Oberwart exhibition hall: 1,500 portions are offered there every day. Event technicians, disposal companies and transport companies also benefit from the Special Olympics. From Friday, medals will be awarded in 15 competitions.

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