The buzz, the hype, the medals and the drama. Olympic fever has swept the world. I for one am regretting that I didn’t even attempt to get tickets. Yet what a fantastic thing to experience! Here in Great Britain, the games have united our nations together - just imagine what it could do for your company...

The incentive travel industry can sometime steer clear of large events like this, assuming hotels will be expensive, restaurants limited and logistics a nightmare. But imagine being in the thick of it, enjoying the buzz, motivating your team and sharing special moments together?

As we enter the final days of the 2012 Olympics and look at London in awe, it’s impossible not to think that this is an ideal atmosphere to reward and motivate staff. You might have missed out this time, but in 2014 Glasgow will host the Commonwealth Games. Ok, it’s not the Olympics but with 4,500 athletes competing for 250 medal events and over 1,000,000 tickets to be sold, I like to think it will be a mini version of what London is experiencing right now.

17 sports. 11 days of competition. 1 host city. XX Commonwealth Games Glasgow. 23rd July – 3rd August 2014.

The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth nations. The games were first held in 1930 in Hamilton, Cananda and have been held every 4 years since then (with the exception of 1942 & 1946 because of the Second World War).

Scotland has hosted the Games twice before, in 1970 and 1986. In 2014, athletes will compete in the 10 Commonwealth Sports, plus 7 chosen by the host city, Glasgow:

Aquatics Athletics Badminton Boxing Cycling Gymnastics Hockey Judo Lawn Bowls Netball Rugby Sevens Shooting Squash Table Tennis Triathlon Weightlifting Wrestling

Ticketing & Hospitality

Imagine sharing first hand the experiences of international athletes. Athletes from your country.  Ticket release will start in 2013 – register on the Glasgow 2014 website for further information. For hospitality packages register your interest with Sportworld.

What else is happening in Scotland in 2014?

Homecoming 2014

Homecoming Scotland 2014 will be a year long celebration of Scotland’s Food and Drink, Active Scotland, Creativity, Natural Scotland and Scottish Ancestry, through inspirational events across the country. A celebration of Scotland’s past, present and future in which Scotland ‘welcomes the world’.

The Ryder Cup

The 40th Ryder Cup will take place at The PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles from 26 to 28 September, 2014.

It will be the first time in more than 40 years that the tournament has been staged in Scotland, The Home of Golf.

As I was about to post this blog, a topical BBC news piece popped into my inbox: Olympic 'bounce' for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games !