State of the Industry Survey

 Posted on: February 7 2022
Data out is only as good as data in. Watch an important message from Sports ETA President & CEO, Al Kidd on the State of the Industry survey. 👇     Click HERE to complete the survey.

Bring the Chief Executive Summit to YOUR Destination!

 Posted on: February 3 2022
We are excited to release our Request for Proposal (RFP) to partner and host the Sports ETA Chief Executive Summit in 2023 and 2024.  VIEW RFP The last day to submit a proposal is February 28, 2022. About the Chief Executive Summit CE Summit equips Sports Events and Tourism C-level executives with the tools necessary to advance the mission of their organization. CEOs of sports destinations and sports events are invited to learn from subject matter experts addressing high-level topics including office culture, leadership and management, crisis management, and achieving goals to name a few. The intimate setting is geared toward open dialogue and exchanges among high-level peers. Questions? If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Janis Breedlove.

Recorded Webinar: USA Triathlon Endurance Exchange Conference RFP for 2023 and 2024

 Posted on: February 3 2022
Recorded webinar from Thursday, February 3 at 11:30 AM ET. Learn more about Endurance Exchange, the premier annual conference for the sport of triathlon and endurance multisport industry. Hosted annually by USA Triathlon, Endurance Exchange brings together over 800 coaches, race directors, medical professionals, athletes and other industry constituents for a week-long educational event. USA Triathlon is searching for the next home of Endurance Exchange to be hosted in February or the first week of March in 2023 and 2024. During this webinar you will learn about Endurance Exchange and the necessary requirements for hosting their events, the webinar will wrap up with a Q&A discussion.

Sports ETA cancels 4S Summit in El Paso, March 1-3

 Posted on: February 1 2022
Sports ETA cancels 4S Summit in El Paso, March 1-3 Due to continuing Covid and travel concerns, Sports ETA has canceled the upcoming 4S & Rights Holder Summit scheduled for El Paso, Texas March 1-3, 2022. We are currently working with our hosts at Visit El Paso on rescheduling dates, which will be announced soon.   For those who have already registered, please contact to transfer your registration to a future Sports ETA event. We invite you to join us for the Fall 4S & Rights Holder Summit October 11-13, 2022 in Sarasota, Florida. Registration is currently open.  Thank you, Al Kidd President & CEO Sports ETA

Bonny Bernat joins Sports ETA as Director of Learning & Development

 Posted on: February 1 2022
Contact: Jackie Reau Game Day (513) 708-5822 Bonny Bernat joins Sports ETA as Director of Learning & Development CINCINNATI (February 1, 2022) – Sports Events & Tourism Association (Sports ETA) has named Bonny Bernat as Director of Learning & Development. She will oversee the growth and development of the Sports Tourism Learning Institute within Sports ETA. Bernat, a native of Massachusetts, relocated to North Carolina in 2007 to work with a destination management company in Charlotte serving the motorsports industry. Prior, she worked as sales manager for the Greater Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, where she managed convention, meeting and group tour sales. In 2009, she joined the staff at Visit Winston-Salem as the sports and events sales manager. As the senior sports and events sales manager, she worked over the past 12 years to elevate Winston-Salem as a premier sports destination. Bernat graduated from Worcester...

Winter 2021 - 2022 Playbook Out Now!

 Posted on: January 31 2022
The Winter 2021 - 2022 edition of the Sports ETA Playbook is out now. Download your copy here, and don't forget to share it with a colleague! Inside this edition: 2022 Road Map Looking back on the UNWTO World Sports Tourism Congress Lessons from Smart Cities & Sport Summit in Copenhagen Sports ETA Communities DEI Community Spotlight We encourage members to share information with their peers. Contact Meagan Grau to learn more about how you can contribute to a future edition of The Playbook.

Calling All Destination Members... State of the Industry Survey is in YOUR hands

 Posted on: January 24 2022
Sports ETA, in collaboration with the Northstar Meetings Group, has engaged Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics company, to conduct an update of the 2019 State of the Industry Report for 2020 and 2021. This important study will provide strategic insights on market size, economic impact, competitive dynamics, and trends within the industry. 2019 was the high-water mark for sports tourism and Sports ETA plans to use the 2020 and 2021 data in evaluating the COVID recovery and industry growth.  This information will be important to future planning for all members of the Sports ETA family with regular data comparisons to validate growth. The survey is designed specifically for destination representatives and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Please have your budget, event, sponsorship, participation, and spending data readily available for completion. By completing this survey, you will be entered to win one of five $100 Amazon gift cards! Please prov...

Sports Business Journal: A Proud Partner of Sports ETA

 Posted on: January 19 2022
A proud partner of Sports ETA, Sports Business Journal sits at the epicenter of the sports industry. We help industry elite grow their organizations with award-winning media content, unparalleled networking opportunities, and market-leading data. ADVERTISE SBJ has flexible branded and native advertising kits to drive tourism and sports revenue in your city. Spanning print, digital and audio, we'll work with you and your organization to create a customized advertising package to reach out business goals. Want to do more to reach your ideal customers? Contact us to discuss programs designed in collaboration with Sports ETA or to create your own customized solution. UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES Sports Tourism: April 18 Youth Sports: May 23 SUBSCRIBE Our most comprehensive news subscription, SBJ All Access delivers the latest in sports business with breaking news, original reporting, newsletters, multimedia content and virtual event access. Breaking new...

PitchSide From the Plex: Women of Sports Tourism

 Posted on: January 14 2022
This episode is a bit self serving as Matt just gets to hang out with his friends.  Matt and Kim are joined this week by Danielle Vincenti, Rachel Rogers, and Suzanne Cecil.  Each has served in several roles in the sports industry and are passionate advocates for sports tourism and professional development and advancement for women in sports.  They provide great life lesson from their personal journeys and some heart warming and funny stories from events.  I bet you never thought we would be talking about trash talking ventriloquist dummies on a sports podcast.   

SportsTravel - Mike Nishi: Lessons from the Chicago Marathon

 Posted on: January 13 2022
As chief operating officer of Chicago Event Management, which organizes the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Mike Nishi has been the logistics lead for the race since 1990. What started out with 6,000 runners has grown to the one of the largest marathons in the world. In 2019, more than 45,000 people finished the race. After the 2020 race was forced to go virtual, the 2021 race on October 10 proved to be one of the most challenging in the event’s history as COVID regulations forced event organizers to operate differently than they had in the past. In doing so, the Chicago Marathon became the first of the six Abbott World Marathon Majors to be run in person since the pandemic began. In this episode, learn what it took to produce the race, how organizers handled COVID protocols, how organizers communicated with participants and what major takeaways Nishi has for event organizers and host cities staging their own events in a post-COVID world. Among ...
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