Media advisory: 2018 Commonwealth Games host decision

The two Candidate Cities vying to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games – Gold Coast (Australia) and Hambantota (Sri Lanka) – will discover who has been successful on Nov 11, the penultimate day of the Commonwealth Games Federation’s 2011 General Assembly in St Kitts in the Caribbean.

The CGF is committed to providing global print, online and broadcast media with the best possible facilities. Please study the information below carefully.

Key Facts
President of the Commonwealth Games Federation the Rt. Hon Michael Fennell OJ CD will make the announcement.

This will be Mr Fennell’s final General Assembly as President as he is retiring. He will then become a Life Vice-President of the organisation.

The incoming President of the CGF is HRH Tunku Imran of Malaysia.

The Commonwealth Games Associations of the 71 nations and territories which comprise the CGF vote on the host city. The voting is completely transparent and independently verified.

Venue is the St Kitts Marriott Resort, 858 Frigate Bay Road, Frigate Bay, Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Coverage Logistics
Live TV broadcast feeds will be available on satellite Intelsat 805 from 17.30 to 18.30 of all proceedings – including the announcement of the 2018 Host City and the post-announcement reaction and interviews from 18.00.

Broadcast facilities are being provided by Caribbean Media Corporation. Contact Ian Chesterman for full technical details or to coordinate any additional broadcaster needs:

A live internet feed will also be available on the CGF’s website at

High Definition photographs will also be available at the CGF website. Low-definition photographs (suitable for online use) will be found at the CGF’s Facebook account:

Follow the CGF on Twitter throughout the day for updates:!/thecgf

Non-Australia or Sri Lankan media should contact Rachel Simon, Commonwealth Games Federation for accreditation and accommodation requests at

Attendance without accreditation will not be permitted. Name, email address, a valid passport, passport-sized photo, flight details and details of hotel booking will be required.

Airlines serving St Kitts Robert L. Bradshaw Airport are American Airlines, American Eagle, British Airways, Delta, LIAT and US Airways.

Details of off-site accommodation can be obtained from the St Kitts Tourism Authority:

WiFi access is available throughout the Marriotts Resort complex for a small charge.

Broadcasters and Photographers are advised to technical set-up on risers at the rear of the Marriott’s Ballroom on the evening of Thursday Nov 10 to provide sufficient time to sort out any technical snags.

From Wednesday Nov 9 a media working room will be available for your convenience. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be available.

Key Contacts
Peter Murphy, Head of Communications, Commonwealth Games Federation, mobile: +44 (0)79 2002 5575. Email:
Ian Chesterman, Media Relations Manager, Commonwealth Games Federation, mobile: +61 417 530 902 Email: