The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has opened the bidding process for a new Multisport World Championship Festival which will debut in 2017.
Cities interested in hosting the event must submit their bid to the ITU by March 27, 2015 with the winning city/cities to be announced on May 15.
"Combining all of these World Championship events into one festival will serve to further strengthen and evolve them, and will be very attractive to cities wishing to attract thousands of active visitors to its city," said ITU President and International Olympic Committee member Marisol Casado.
"The post-Olympic year is an ideal time to launch the festival, as triathlon and Para-triathlon will again generate a massive interest in the multisport lifestyle."
Both elite and mass participation races will be included in the Festival, paving the way for around 2,500 athletes from all age groups, in addition to their families and support teams.
It is hoped that bringing four major championships together in one region will provide the opportunity for athletes to compete in several multisport championship races during one compact trip.
A city could also potentially benefit from 45,000 visitor nights with the average visitor expected to stay a minimum of 5.6 nights, according to ITU figures.
All four events at the championships will feature Para-triathlon, elite and age group races while duathlon will also feature a mixed relay event in 2017.
Financial obligations for the host city/cities will include a $200,000 (£132,000/€173,000) prize fund as well as $100,000 (£66,000/€86,000) in event rights fees, which consists of production of a 52 minute highlights package, a photographer, an ITU media representative, ITU media team support and full support from the ITU technical team.
A full bid document for the Festival can be found here.
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