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04 Apr 2018
Prince of Wales opens Commonwealth Games, described "more relevant than ever before"

The 2018 Commonwealth Games have kicked off on the Gold Coast, Australia, with more than 1.5 billion people tuning in to watch the opening ceremony.

The ceremony took place at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast in front of a stadium audience of more than 35,000.

Held for the 21st time, the Games will run until 15 April and see 4,600 athletes from 71 countries compete across 18 sports.

In her opening ceremony speech, Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Louise Martin said: "Today, there is a renewed focus on what our family of nations stands for and who we are.

"The Commonwealth is now more relevant than ever before. We have a great opportunity to be the global leader in demonstrating how we can successfully thrive together, as both a deeply diverse yet unified family of 2.4 billion people.

"It is this unbreakable Commonwealth connection that enables us to have a positive impact on each other and on the world we share."

The Games were officially declared open by Charles, Prince of Wales.

The opening ceremony also marked the launch of the search for the host of the 2026 and 2030 Games.

During a meeting ahead of the official opening ceremony, all 71 Commonwealth Games Associations were informed of an 18-month-long consultative bidding process, which will take place under the new CGF Partnerships model.

The new system is designed to allow the Commonwealth Sports Movement to capitalise on the Federation's "innovative new Games delivery model", CGF Partnerships (CGFP), which aims to support host nations and cities and enhance the overall value of hosting the Games.

CGF president Martin said: "As we celebrate and support the thousands of Commonwealth athletes here on the Gold Coast, and work hand-in-hand with local and national partners to realise the benefits of the Games on the host community, there is no better reminder of the transformative impact and social foundations of the Commonwealth Sports Movement."

The hosts for the 2026 edition will be named at the next General Assembly in September 2019.


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19 Apr 2018
Black Diamond Award finalists hail from five countries
The finalists for this year’s Black Diamond Award, which honours the best spa manager of the year in Europe, have been announced.
19 Apr 2018
ISPA to Present Visionary Award in memory of Lori Hutchinson
The International SPA Association (ISPA) will present the 2018 ISPA Visionary Award in memory of Lori Hutchinson at the 28th annual ISPA Conference & Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, US., from 24-26 September.
19 Apr 2018
Carlo Ratti explores the effects of climate change at Milan Pavilion
Carlo Ratti has created a climate-controlled garden pavilion with green spaces curated by Patrick Blanc and Flavio Pollano for the 57th annual Salone de l Mobile in Milan.
18 Apr 2018
Agenda for ATM wellness symposium to focus on transformative wellness travel
The agenda for the 2018 Arabian Travel Market’s Spa and Wellness Symposium is set, and the Global Wellness Institute-organised event will feature 16 tourism and hospitality experts presenting new wellness tourism trends globally and across the Middle East and North Africa.
13 Apr 2018
W Hotels launches wellness weekends
W Hotels has announced the next iteration of the brand’s take on fitness and wellness with a new programme, Fuel weekends by W Hotels.
13 Apr 2018
Olympic cycling champion Laura Kenny named as keynote speaker for Active Uprising
Britain’s most successful female Olympian, Laura Kenny, has been announced as one of the keynote speakers for ukactive’s Active Uprising in Manchester this summer.
12 Apr 2018
Personalised nutrition pioneer Neil Grimmer to keynote GWS
Neil Grimmer, founder and CEO of personalised nutrition company Habit, will keynote at this year’s Global Wellness Summit, set to take place 6-8 October in Italy.
11 Apr 2018
Gainsborough Bath Spa expands wellness offering with new wellbeing education sessions
The Gainsborough Bath Spa in Bath, UK, has launched a trio of wellness events, taking place between April and June, that are designed to provide guests with a more rounded wellness offering.
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