NEW Executive Compensation Report

 Posted on: March 15 2023
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Sports ETA, SearchWide Global, and Northstar Meetings Group Present New Executive Compensation Report for the Sports Events and Tourism Industry

CINCINNATI (March 15, 2023) – Sports ETA and SearchWide Global released the “2023 Sports Destination Leaders Salary, Compensation and Benefits Report” led by researchers from Stoll Strategies, sponsored by the Northstar Meetings Group.

The benchmark study provides an overall look at the employment landscape for the $39.7 billion sports events and tourism industry among sports destinations while offering a resource to organizations with actionable information.

The last industry Salary, Compensation and Benefits Report was conducted in 2013 by Enigma Research Corporation. The research for the 2023 report was led by Dr. Jennifer Stoll, and Dr. Blake Price, from Stoll Strategies.

Data from more than 200 sports destination leaders, with a majority of those employed by a Destination Marketing Organization or Convention & Visitors Bureau, was collected and organized in the six following areas of the report:

  • Organization Information
  • Performance Goals
  • Industry Experience
  • Employment Agreements
  • Salaries and Bonuses
  • Benefits

“It’s been 10 years since we last released a Salary and Benefits report for the sports events and tourism industry,” said Al Kidd, President & CEO of Sports ETA. “The 2023 Sports Destination Leaders Salary, Compensation and Benefits Report represents large and small to mid-sized organizations and will resource leaders, and their organizations, with actionable information related to this area of the industry. This study will also serve as a benchmark for future analyses.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Sports ETA on this report,” said Mike Gamble, President & CEO of SearchWide Global. “This is a resource that will be beneficial to both sports leaders and organizations in understanding where the industry stands with compensation, benefits, and overall structure.”

 “Northstar’s sports division, most notably our SportsTravel magazine brand, has been keeping professionals who organize, manage and host sporting events of all types up-to-date on all things related to the industry for decades,” said David Blansfield, Executive Vice President, Northstar Meetings Group. “We’re excited to support this important Sports ETA report and we’ll help make it widely available through our media channels to organizations who can benefit from it.” 

A tool kit is also included in the report and will serve as an advocacy tool to help organizations advance sports events and tourism in their destinations.

The report is free and available at


About Sports ETA
As the only trade association for the sports events and tourism industry, Sports ETA is the most trusted resource for sports commissions, destination marketing organizations (DMOs), and sports event owners. Sports ETA is committed to the success of more than 600 member organizations and 2,400 sports event professionals. We promise to deliver quality education, ample networking opportunities, and exceptional event management and marketing know-how to our members to protect the integrity of the sports events and tourism industry.  For more information, visit

About Northstar Meetings Group
The Northstar Meetings Group is the owner of well-known brands including SportsTravel, Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Associations Meetings International, Meetings & Incentive Travel, and M&C Asia. The company produces the annual TEAMS Conference & Expo, TEAMS Europe, the EsportsTravel Summit, the SportsTravel Road Trip and scores of face-to-face and virtual events worldwide for event organizers and the destinations,  hoteliers, facilities and service organizations supporting them. For more information, visit

About SearchWide Global
SearchWide Global is a full-service executive search firm primarily for companies in the travel, tourism, hospitality, convention, trade association, venue management, experiential marketing, sports, and entertainment industries. Headquartered in the Twin Cities, the firm operates worldwide, specializing in C-Level and Director level executive searches for companies ranging in size from Fortune 500 corporations to mid-sized public and private companies and associations. For more information, visit

About Stoll Strategies
Stoll Strategies exists to bring next-level knowledge and insight to your organization. We offer an outside perspective to help you see differently; PhD expertise in the sports events and tourism industry; nearly two decades of hands-on experience in the field; collaboration with expert researchers and comprehensive assessments and strategies specially catered to each client’s unique needs. Visit


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