April 28, 2008 First Orlando Dragon Boat Festival Announced

T he launch of the first Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival (OIDBF) at Walt Disney World Resort is set for October 18, 200. GWN Dragon Boat, the organizer of the event announced.

The world's fastest growing water sport joins other world-class sport-festival events hosted at the number one family vacation destination in the world. “We're very excited about this race, which will be a world class event for the entire family,” said Christine Canevari a member of the Tampa Bay Dragon Boat Club.

GWN has identified an opportunity to develop a flagship event in Central Florida which can host over 5000 global participants and tens of thousands of spectators. “This is an exciting time for the global sport of dragon boating. We believe that having the event at Walt Disney World Resort will enable us to create an international dragon boat experience second to none” said Mike Kerkmann, President of GWN Dragon Boat and the International Dragon Boat Federation's Pan Am representative.

This ancient sport has been gaining popularity in North America, with Florida representing the sport's fastest growing market. Tampa Bay will host the IDBF World Dragon Boat Racing Championships in 2011. GWN Dragon Boat provides equipment and production support to festivals in Miami, Tavares and Tampa Bay and operates highly popular Dragon Boat Spring Training Camps in Tampa Bay and Melbourne, Florida.

Registration for the Central Florida event has already begun and excitement throughout the dragon-boat community is building. Interested teams can register at the event website located at:

GWN Dragon Boat is North America's largest full service dragon boat event marketing company producing over 45 festivals annually.

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