Tropical Islands becomes main sponsor of FC Energie Cottbus

Infront secures Europe’s largest tropical resort as shirt sponsor of the ambitious 2nd Bundesliga club

Cottbus, Germany - Tropical Islands is the new main and shirt sponsor of FC Energie Cottbus and has significantly extended its previous commitment as advertising board partner of the club. Announced today at the press conference before the first match day, the contract was signed by Infront Sports & Media, marketing partner of FC Energie Cottbus. Thanks to the popularity of the 2nd Bundesliga, the recreation resort located between Cottbus and Berlin will benefit from high brand visibility throughout Germany.

Ahead of the seasons kick off and the team’s first game against Dynamo Dresden on Friday the confirmation of Tropical Islands as new Main Sponsor is a positive step for Energie Cottbus. Tropical Islands is a tropically designed resort located in Krausnick – around 60 kilometers from Cottbus. It offers diverse spa and entertainment options to day trippers and families and has a recreational area of 66,000 square meters - the largest tropical resort in Europe.

The main sponsorship, implemented by Infront, includes the prominent placement of the Tropical Islands logo on the club’s jersey. In addition, the company receives an extensive advertising presence in the “Stadion der Freundschaft” (Stadium of Friendship), from the team and also the club’s publications. In addition, a comprehensive ticket and hospitality contingent is part of the package along with further promotional opportunities.

High brand visibility across Germany

Kim Schäfer, Marketing Manager of Tropical Islands, said: “With the impressive entry into the semi-finals of the DFB Cup and strong performances over the whole season, FC Energie Cottbus has gained sympathy points across Germany. As an advertising board partner - the increased media attention on the team over the 2010/11 and previous two seasons has already been of benefit. We now want to further intensify the cooperation with the club. The young and likeable team alongside the high-profile games of the 2nd Bundesliga build an attractive environment to increase the brand visibility of Tropical Islands in Germany.”

Ulrich Lepsch, president of FC Energie Cottbus, added: “Infront kept its word and sold our jersey in time for the first match day. We are grateful and delighted to have a main sponsor on board that holds a regional reference to the club as well as a positive charisma as partner. The tropical resort with its adventurous character traits fits brilliantly with our young team and our approach - offering sporty, emotional and engaging experiences to our fans. In this respect, the ambitions and target groups of Tropical Islands and FC Energie Cottbus match perfectly.”

“With Tropical Islands we were able to win a regionally rooted company with country-wide focus as a partner on the highest sponsorship level,” says Reinhardt Weinberger, CEO of Infront Germany. “The fact that Tropical Islands has opted for an expansion of the existing partnership is a confirmation of the high-value advertising environment at FC Energie Cottbus and the club’s target-oriented cooperation with its sponsors.”

About Tropical Islands - Europe's largest tropical resort

Tropical Islands opened its doors about 60km south of Berlin in December 2004. Since then, "Europe's largest tropical resort" has enjoyed rising popularity and become a tourist destination for visitors from all over Germany and other European countries. In 2010, Tropical Islands registered almost 1 million people at the resort as well as over 250,000 overnight stays. In order to meet the growing demand for accommodation, Tropical Islands is significantly expanding its range of rooms and lodges. The resort’s landscape is unique with the option to spend the night in a tropical landscape on the edge of the world's largest indoor rainforest, at the beach of the south sea, at the lagoon or in the tropical village. There is no other park in the world where guests can actually stay within the scenery and be submersed in it. The resort is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day and has approximately 500 staff to take care of its guests both day and night.

About Infront Sports & Media

Infront Sports & Media, based in Zug, Switzerland, has grown impressively in recent years to become one of the leading international sports marketing groups in the world. Known for its high standards of delivery, the company covers all aspects of a successful sport event – including distribution of media rights, sponsorship, media production and event operations. As a key player in winter sport, football and other summer sports, Infront enjoys long-lasting partnerships with 120 rights-holders and hundreds of sponsors and media companies. With an experienced and passionate team of 500 staff in over 20 offices across 10 countries, the Group helps to annually deliver more than 2,300 event days of top class sport around the world.