Sports Events and Tourism Association

The Chief Executive Summit Experience

 Posted on: August 8 2019
Presidents, CEOs, Executive Directors: It’s time. Time for the 2019 Chief Executive Summit. This summit is designed to equip CEOs of sports destinations and sports events with the tools necessary to advance the mission of their organization. Industry experts will be there to talk about topics such as office culture, crisis management, achieving goals and more. Scott Dupree, Executive Director for the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, joined us at last year’s Chief Executive Summit. He tells us the content was exceptional. “I felt, and from what I gathered from the other attendees, that each of the featured speakers really hit the mark in terms of providing information and analysis that was pertinent and relevant to what we do in our jobs as CEOs of sports tourism organizations,” said Dupree. One of the topics that hit home with Dupree and many of our other guests last year was Jason Willford’s presentation on the Culture Index. With Willford’s i...

THE PULSE V.5 - SAFE SPORT RECAP

 Posted on: August 8 2019
We appreciate your input on the role of Safe Sport in the sports events and tourism industry. If you didn't have a chance to respond to the latest version of The Pulse, it's ok! Take a look at these Safe Sport stats and see what other members are doing to address Safe Sport in their communities.  The Pulse v.5 Results Interested in becoming Safe Sport trained? Take a look at our website to learn how you and your team can become Safe Sport trained for a discounted price today! As we learn more about the needs of our members, we want to help you make the best business decisions possible. Part of that objective is arming you with timely and relevant research. Needed research is the topic of The Pulse v6. Take The Pulse v.6 now!

Ruston, Louisiana welcomes baseball tournament to new sports complex

 Posted on: August 5 2019
Ruston, Louisiana celebrated the opening of its new sports complex by hosting a baseball tournament. Dixie Youth World Series is wrapping up its two-week-long event which brought it nearly 80 teams. The Ruston Sports Complex sits on 185 acres in North Louisiana. When completed, the Convention and Visitors Bureau says it will have facilities for baseball, softball, tennis, soccer, and football on 36 fields and 16 turf fields. Additional plans include an indoor facility for basketball and volleyball tournaments, as well as dance and cheer competitions. This new complex is expected to bring a $1.2 billion economic impact to the Ruston and Lincoln parishes. It already started with the Dixie Youth World Series. The baseball tournament secured more than 5,000 overnight stays. “This is an economic boom for our city and for entire North Louisiana,” says City of Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker. “Entire North Louisiana is benefitting from this tournament and will benefit in ...

Celebrate your win with us - We'll shout it from the rooftops!

 Posted on: July 31 2019
Do you have a new facility or sports complex? Did you just win a big award or event? Looking for a shoutout? How about celebrating a big win for your organization or city? Celebrate with us and other members! With your Sports ETA membership, you can be added to our weekly e-newsletter, Get in the Game eNews. The email, sent out every Thursday, includes press releases, articles and news about our members and the world of sports tourism and events. It’s a great way to celebrate your accomplishments.  It’s very easy to be included in the Get in the Game eNews. Just submit your content to Meagan@SportsETA.org by noon ET every Wednesday. Don’t forget to also subscribe to the newsletter here. You can also check out past editions on the archives page here: http://www.multibriefs.com/briefs/nasc/.

Exciting Updates at Sports ETA

 Posted on: July 23 2019
It seems like just last week we were in Knoxville sharing the announcement of our new brand. Time has certainly flown by! The staff has been hard at work implementing various aspects of the Sports Events & Tourism Association (Sports ETA) brand across several platforms.  In an effort to keep you updated with all the changes, we will be sending out regular communications from our Branding Committee chair, Kathy Nelson, and Director of Member Services and Engagement, Meagan Grau.  NEW WEBSITE URL www.SportsETA.org Please make sure to update your bookmarks in your web browser. If you're like us, you'll probably catch yourself typing in sportscommissions.org out of habit. That's OK! You'll automatically be re-directed to SportsETA.org. NEW EMAIL ADDRESSES Another big update is our new email addresses. Please be sure to update your records with our new Sports ETA emails: Al Kidd - Al@SportsETA.org  Elizabeth Young -&nbs...

Kansas City Bucket List - 2020 Symposium and so much more

 Posted on: July 22 2019
The Symposium is one of the most thrilling times of the year with opportunities to network, participate in various educational sessions, and explore a new city. If you would like more info about the Symposium, visit: https://www.sportseta.org/symposium/about 28th annual Symposium April 20-23, 2020 Kansas City, MO Hosted by Visit KC and Kansas City Sports Commission We are already preparing for the 2020 Symposium. Schedule, education sessions, and speakers will be announced later this year! If you have not attended the Symposium before, this is the year to begin - because Kansas City has it all! Plan your trip to come down early or stay later to explore all that Kansas City has to offer. We made a “Bucket List” of a few activities you and your coworkers can try next year: Go ziplining with Zip KC - they can take you on ziplining tours day or night in the park! They also offer team building activities if you want to take your entire Sports Commissi...

Give back to Sports ETA- Join a committee today! Deadline is coming up.

 Posted on: July 16 2019
Sports ETA needs you. We’re looking for engaged members to volunteer their time and resources to be a part of a Sports ETA committee, and the deadline to apply is coming up quick. Participating on a committee allows you to contribute to the decision-making that positions Sports ETA as the most valuable resource available for sports events and tourism professionals. You are probably asking yourself what is the commitment to be a committee member. Each committee has a conference call six to 12 times a year. Each call runs 30 minutes to an hour. And of course, you must be a current Sports ETA member to apply. There are 10 different committees charged with different responsibilities like assisting with the planning of yearly events, mentoring the newest members of Sports ETA, or developing education sessions to help grow members' skills and much more. Check out all the committees available here. You have until July 31 to apply. Sports ETA is driven by these committe...

What do sports mean to Al Kidd?

 Posted on: July 11 2019
Thanks to our video booth sponsor, Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge for capturing what sports mean to our president and CEO, Al Kidd. "Sports are a way to unite a community..." Kidd said, "In most communities, sports become the fiber of the community."

The Pulse v.4 - Summertime Blues Recap

 Posted on: July 10 2019
From The Pulse… The Pulse is a research initiative led by Sports ETA to gauge the interest and thoughts of the sports events and tourism industry on critical issues and trends. Summertime Blues The temperature is rising around the country, and along with the longer nights comes one of the busiest times of the year for Sports ETA members. We wanted to know what's causing you some summertime blues and what deserves celebration. Take a look at what Sports ETA members had to say - The Pulse v.4 Summertime Blues Recap. The Pulse v.5 One industry challenge identified by respondents is athlete safety. We've recently partnered with the U.S. Center for SafeSport to provide access to training for our members and their constituents. Take The Pulse v.5 today!

Sports ETA and the U.S. Center for SafeSport - How you can benefit from this partnership

 Posted on: July 2 2019
Have you heard? Sports ETA is teaming up with the U.S. Center for SafeSport, a national nonprofit dedicated to ending all forms of abuse in sport. The critical resources on abuse prevention training the Center provides are now being offered to Sports ETA members. It’s another great benefit we are excited to pass along to you. As a Sports ETA member, you have access to the awareness and prevention SafeSport Trained online course at a 10% discount. The 90-minute training covers mandatory reporting, sexual misconduct awareness, and emotional and physical misconduct. The Center’s SafeSport Trained course is a small investment that will set your leadership and organization apart from your competition. “We’re grateful for the U.S. Center for SafeSport and this new partnership,” said Al Kidd, President and CEO of the Sports Events and Tourism Association. “Bringing these tools to our members is crucial to help end abuse in the sports world. It’s...
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