AO named Best International Sporting Event

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 29: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning championship point in his Men’s Final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day 14 of the 2017 Australian Open.



Australian Open 2017 has taken home the top award for Best International Sporting Event at the SPIA Asia – Asia’s Sports Industry Awards. Announced at the third annual SPIA Asia Sports Industry Awards in Bangkok, Thailand, Australian Open 2017 received top honours. The tournament also received the bronze award for Best Sports Event Hospitality Offering of the Year, a major coup following a significant revamp in its hospitality experiences over the past couple of years.

“As the biggest sporting event in the world in January, and as the Grand Slam of the Asia Pacific, it’s very gratifying to receive these two awards,” Tennis Australia CEO and Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said today. “We have a fantastic team of people who help bring this world-class event to life each year, and this acknowledgement is a credit to all who make this a memorable tournament for players and fans.”


SPIA Asia categories are recognised with gold, silver and bronze trophies for an organisation’s achievements and contribution to the sports industry during the past 12 months.

Visit Victoria landed silver in the Best Sports Tourism Destination of the Year category, cementing Melbourne’s position as the sporting capital of Australia.