Sports Events and Tourism Industry

Young Professional Spotlight: Laura Porth

 Posted on: November 18 2020
Quidditch may not be a sport you know much about, but Laura Porth and the team at U.S. Quidditch is trying to change that. Laura is the Director of Events & Partnership at U.S. Quidditch. She oversees all aspects of U.S. Quidditch's 8 annual championships, including the bidding process, budgeting, volunteers, and logistics. As well as creating and managing partnership opportunities. Laura says her goal is to bring quidditch to new cities, especially on the west coast. As for her own personal future, Laura says she loves to travel, host large scale events, and getting to know others in the sports events & tourism industry. “I really love going to the conferences and seeing and hanging out with everyone,” Porth said. “I especially love the Women's Summit and getting to go to the Women's Final Four, and US Sports Congress and getting to play a round of golf with an LPGA player.” So you’ll find her traveling the world, playing a...

Sports ETA Launches Sports Tourism Learning Institute

 Posted on: November 16 2020
Contact: Jackie Reau Game Day (513) 708-5822 Sports ETA Launches Sports Tourism Learning Institute Sports Tourism Analytics Certificate Kicks Off As First Course Offering CINCINNATI (November 16, 2020) - The Sports Tourism Learning Institute, the education hub for Sports ETA, will serve as the leading resource for the sports events and tourism industry. Curriculum will include topical webinars (called “Power Plays”), industry certificate courses (called “Certificate Playbook” courses), and future expanded credential programs (called “Front Office Education”).   Sports ETA is partnering with 4FRONT, a leading sports innovation consultancy, to offer the Sports Tourism Analytics Certificate, beginning November 16 as part of the organization’s Sports Tourism Learning Institute. The Sports Tourism Analytics Certificate will take a deep dive into utilizing analytics to solve challenges and develop strategies i...

Member Benefit: Event RFP Database

 Posted on: November 10 2020
Big sporting events may have been cancelled this year, but the sports events and tourism world is looking towards the future. Many large events have RFPs out right now for events in upcoming years. As a Sports ETA member, you have access to our database of Event RFPs at your fingertips. Right now, there are nearly 75 events posted which are actively looking for RFPs. Sports ETA members can look at the details of each Event RFP right on our website to learn what each event is looking for in a host city. If you determine an event is right for your area, you can submit a bid by following the instructions in each RFP. We hope you use our Event RFP Database to help you secure events in the future. We wish our members luck in submitting for each RFP.

We've Moved! Please update your records.

 Posted on: November 9 2020
Please be advised that we have moved our office and we now have a new mailing address. Please update your records. Our old address was: 9916 Carver Road, Suite 100 Cincinnati, OH 45242 Our NEW ADDRESS is: 9624 Cincinnati Columbus Road, #209 Cincinnati, OH 45241 Our phone number, 513-281-3888, will remain the same.  Thanks in advance. Please do not hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions. 

Sports ETA Small to Mid-Market Destination Sub-Group

 Posted on: November 3 2020
Is your organization a small to mid-market sports destination? If so, join us Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 3 pm ET for the next Small to Mid-Market Destination Sub-Group call. The Topic of Discussion: Sports ETA Update -- An update on the association, as well as our new education platform/offerings. Presenters: Al Kidd, Sports ETA President & CEO Dr. Jennifer Stoll, Sports ETA Research & Education Sub-Group Leaders: Frank Lett, Senior Associate Executive Director/Director of Sports Marketing, Visit Kingsport Ashleigh Bachert, Vice President of Sales, Tulsa Sports Commission Derek Bombeck, Sales Development Manager, Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau  Visit to learn more about this group! Interested in the SMID group and want to receive information and communications about this sub-group and future calls/meetings? Click below to subscribe to our email list. Subscribe to our email...

Young Professional Spotlight: Luchie Javelosa

 Posted on: November 2 2020
One of the goals this Sport ETA Young Professional has is to survive 2020 and bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us are with you on this one Luchie. Meet Luchie Javelosa. She has been in the sports events and tourism industry for five years and is currently the sports sales manager at Visit Tucson. In her role, Luchie is tasked with marketing the Tucson region as a premier sports destination through working with local facilities and businesses, developing bid proposals and presentations, and managing social media platforms. In the Tucson area, Luchie has enjoyed showcasing the city to new and returning visitors. “Particularly one recent memory is setting up a skills clinic for the local youth rugby club with the Spain 7s Men’s National Team earlier this year,” said Javelosa. “It’s little moments like these that create a lasting memory and impact for our local youth and community.” In the future, Luchie hopes to be able t...

Fall 2020 Playbook - Now Available!

 Posted on: October 29 2020
The Fall 2020 edition of the Playbook is available now. Download your copy. Inside This Issue The first-ever SportsBIZ XChange (SBX) is in the books! Top 8 Take-Aways from the Sports ETA 2019 State of the Industry Report Meet the 2019 - 2020 Award Winners! 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.

Connect LIVE with Leading Sports Event Organizers

 Posted on: October 28 2020
ATTENTION SPORTS INDUSTRY PARTNERS: Connect LIVE with Leading Sports Event Organizers Myrtle Beach, South Carolina | January 4-8, 2021 Register by December 1st. Space is limited! About the Event Join us for four days of relationship-oriented meetings, interactive activities, and more with some of the industry's top National Governing Bodies and Event Organizers! Unlike other sports industry conferences, Sports Express is centered around maximizing your personal interactions with the industry's most active event rights holders. This limited capacity event, held in Myrtle Beach, SC, will adhere to recommended health and safety measures. Key Highlights Include: Beachfront accommodations at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort Transportation to and from Airport (MYR), Hotel and all interactive activities Opening Night Dinner (Mon.) and Closing Dinner (Thu.), plus all meals 2:1 ratio of Sports CVB/Sports Commission to Event Rights Holders Two afternoon wa...

Congratulations 2019 - 2020 Award Winners!

 Posted on: October 28 2020
Each year, Sports ETA honors organizations and individuals in the sports events and tourism industry to celebrate their accomplishments and achievements. Award activities, events, marketing campaigns, web strategies, etc. must have occurred between January 1 and December 31, 2019.  An independent judging panel made up of leaders in the sports events and tourism industry reviews each award submission based on a point system determined by the Sports ETA awards committee. Each of our 2019-2020 winners rose to the top of the list, and we couldn’t be more proud of the work that was done in the continuing effort to advance the sports events and tourism industry!  Premiering now, on our new Sports Events Entertainment Network (SEEN), your 2019 - 2020 Award Winners! Meet the winners and learn more about the work they completed to advance the sports events and tourism industry!  Tune into sports Events entertainment Network (SEEn) Congratulations: ...

Lessons to bring in The Next Normal

 Posted on: October 19 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has given us many lessons to learn. One of those, according to McKinsey & Company, is how companies are able to weather major, unforeseen disruptions. Organizations that have been able to adapt to the challenges of this pandemic are resilient. What does it take to be one of those resilient organizations? What lessons can you learn to bring your own organization into this next normal? McKinsey & Company broke it down into five characteristics they believe these companies share: Establish a common purpose and clear communications Having clear principals for a company is important. Many companies found their purpose though was challenged at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Resilient companies were able to recognize this and alter their purpose. Along with this clear, common purpose came clear and frequent communication. Being able to allow your employees and co-workers in on that vision will allow them to feel invested in it. Set up ...
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