Destination Spotlight: Tempe, Arizona

 Posted on: April 17 2020
Refreshingly offbeat and sunsets on repeat. Maybe that is why high-level competitions like IRONMAN Arizona, Cactus League Spring Training or USA Triathlon have chosen to host their events in Tempe, Arizona. The feel of Tempe is all its own according to James Tevault. He works as the Director of Sales at the Tempe Tourism Office. “It’s a welcoming destination with a spirited lifestyle where you’ll find fun-filled activities at every turn,” Tevault said. “Tempe’s convenient location and sunny skies create a winning game plan for any sporting event.” Tempe is home to more than 23 sporting facilities which can host a wide variety of sports. -Sun Devil Fitness Complex - Sun Devil Fitness Complex consists of 135,000 sq. ft. of indoor activity space, as well as various outdoor fields and court space which include multipurpose rooms, basketball courts, pools, outdoor fields, and meeting spaces. -Tempe Sports Complex - Tempe’s ...

Destination Spotlight: Lake Erie Shores & Islands

 Posted on: April 17 2020
“Plan now. Play later.” That’s the current business objective of Lake Erie Shores & Islands according to their Sports Tourism Manager Chris Lewis.  Described as America’s Sports & Family Fun Capital, the Ohio shores of Lake Erie and the islands offer plenty of reasons visitors should vacation there and sports events organizers should consider the locations for an upcoming event. “Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands is the Midwest’s ultimate sports destination, which is especially loved by families who find themselves combining sports travel with a family vacation,” said Chris Lewis. “Home to world-famous Cedar Point Amusement Park consistently voted as one of the best amusement parks in the world, the region also delights with a variety of indoor and outdoor water parks, recreational opportunities, islands, and coastal communities to explore, amazing freshwater fishing, and more.” For sporting events...

2020 Sports Facilities Summit Has Gone Virtual!

 Posted on: April 15 2020
Sports ETA Members: Although we were looking forward to seeing everyone in person in Kansas City next week, we are pleased that we were able to retain the robust line-up of industry experts and topics in order to bring the Sports Facilities Summit to you in a virtual format. If you didn't register for the live Summit, now is your chance. Register for the Virtual Sports Facilities Summit today! The first session begins next week on Wednesday. For more information on registration, schedule, topics and more click here. Questions? Email

The Pulse surveys current industry challenges this week with revenue concerns on top

 Posted on: April 15 2020
This week, Sports ETA members shared their thoughts on the biggest challenges facing them and their organizations in responses to The Pulse. The biggest challenge is budget and funding as revenues are uncertain amid the COVID-19 pandemic. To build upon this research, Destinations International (DI) is taking a weekly pulse check on the industry and you can reference it here. According to the DI research, the majority of destination organizations anticipate some kind of shortterm budget cuts, with most expecting cuts in the range of 20-50%. The uncertainty of future events is a concern of nearly half of all respondents. If you're concerned about event contracts and insurance, we have a resource to help. Click here for a webinar from law firm, Buchalter, featuring a panel of experts in insurance and law on issues related to event cancellations and insurance recovery for businesses of all sizes. Labor and employment issues are a concern as well. According to DI, destinat...

The way we work, play, consume news may never be same again

 Posted on: April 13 2020
The way we work, play and consume has been rattled by efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. What we’ve learned through research and data shows that stay-at-home orders have touched nearly everything (except for our faces). Since New Year’s Day, Game Day Communications has been monitoring the ever-evolving impact, optimizing technology and instituting rapid response teams. We’re working virtually hand-in-hand with our partners, especially those hit hardest (Film Cincinnati, Flying Pig Marathon, Frisch’s Big Boy, Funky’s Catering Events, Pure Romance, Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment, Sports ETA, Summerfair, Taste of Cincinnati, The Banks, among others), to tailor game plans and secure local, regional and national coverage of their custom messages. We’ve watched consumption of news grow dramatically, especially television news and daily news conferences from our governors and elected officials. According to Nielsen: 52% of us are watching...

Virtual Learning for YOU

 Posted on: April 9 2020
Virtual learning isn’t just for the kids. While in quarantine, maybe you should consider taking an online course or two. There are some great classes and webinars out there, some of them even free, to continue your education. For those who want to grow their skills in the sports tourism area, Sports ETA hosts great weekly webinars. Members lead the discussion on different topics such as how to thrive during COVID-19 or a deep dive into contracts. Plus, if you missed one, as a member, you can go back and watch the webinars on your own time. If you are looking to dive back into a college course or two, Coursera is offering some of their online courses for free through May 31, 2020. Choose from courses on career development, cloud technology or mental health, featuring the popular Yale course The Science of Well-Being. For the more visual people, there are several great online courses. Adobe has an Education Exchange which is filled with courses geared towards students, tea...

COVID-19 Insurance claims and policies

 Posted on: April 8 2020
Uncertain times come with a lot of questions. One area of concern that raises questions is insurance claims and policies. Buchalter, a law firm based in Los Angeles, focused on that topic in a recent webinar. The webinar focused on different insurance issues including… Event cancellations (10:10 & 29:20) What are my options if my event was canceled? Fall events (16:25) What steps can I take to protect my future events? Premium payments (7:20 & 40:20) What if I can’t make a payment? Contaminated property (46:20) What can I claim as COVID-19 contaminated property? Future of insurance (58:15) What will future insurance policies look like? This is a complicated time for all of us. We hope that this webinar and other resources found on our website will help answer questions you may have in our COVID-19 section.

The Pulse - March Event Losses Recap

 Posted on: April 8 2020
The Pulse reveals the economic losses of our industry in the month of March due to the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you to all members who participated in the industry survey.

Letter to Roger Dow - US Travel Association

 Posted on: April 8 2020
Sports ETA Members: Below is a copy of the letter that Al Kidd, President and CEO, Sports ETA, sent to Roger Dow of the US Travel Association earlier this week. The letter is in regard to our concerns about the current state of the stimulus and various relief packages being offered. April 7, 2020 Roger Dow U.S. Travel Association 1100 New York Avenue, NW Suite 450 Washington, DC 20005 Dear Roger, On behalf of Sports ETA, I would like to personally thank you for all your hard work on behalf of the travel and tourism industry during these times of crisis. Today, I am writing on behalf of our nearly 1,000 member organizations representing sports commissions, CVBs, sports events rights holders and allied partners to express our urgent concerns about the current state of the stimulus and various relief packages being offered, which to date have largely left our member organizations behind. I am deeply concerned that the CARES Act does not go far enough to protect o...


 Posted on: April 3 2020
We live in a world of uncertainty with the COVID-19 pandemic. One thing that is certain is the strength of the human spirit and we at Sports ETA want to see it! What are you or your organization doing to brighten the days of other people? How are you engaging your community while following social distancing guidelines? We want to know about it. Include us in the conversation by using #SportsTourismStrong or email us at and we’ll spotlight you on social media and our website. Interested in a destination/event/company spotlight blog?? Answer the questions below and we will post a blog highlighting your destination/event/company. Please send question responses to  1. What is your name, title, and how long have you been with the company? 2. What is the business' main objective? 3. What facilities, amenities and hotel options does your destination offer? 4. What makes your destination a great and unique option for spor...
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