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Youth and adult amateur sports were a driving force in a sports tourism industry that was valued at $52.2 billion in economic impact in 2023. (Photo by Jason Gewirtz)

Report: Sports-Related Travel Generated $52.2 Billion Impact in 2023

A new Sports Events & Tourism Association State of the Industry Report reveals that sports-related travel provided $52.2 billion in direct economic impact in 2023, with more than 200 million people traveling to amateur and collegiate sports events, underscoring the power of the market to attract visitors across a variety of sports. The report also […]

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Sports ETA Seeks Industry Participation for Survey

The Sports Events & Tourism Association is seeking data from sports-event industry professionals that will be used to create the 2023 State of the Industry Report, which will be unveiled at the association’s annual symposium in April. The report, conducted by Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics company, and sponsored by the Northstar Meetings Group, will […]

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Sports Venue Report Reveals Development Trends

In partnership with the Sports Events & Tourism Association and supported by Northstar Meetings Group and Playeasy, Stoll Strategies has released a new sports facilities report that analyzes the state of sports venues across the United States. The free report accesses Playeasy’s data to pinpoint a variety of information about sports venues across the country, […]

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How Traveling Families Can Optimize ‘Sportcations’

For most people, sports and leisure are synonymous. Which is to say, sports is leisure. But for the athletes who participate in youth, amateur and professional sporting events, playing sports typically isn’t about rest and relaxation. Rather, it’s about hard work, self-improvement and healthy competition — which is why many athletes and their families are […]

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Get the Most Out of Your Hotel Bookings

The post-pandemic travel world is still righting itself, making contract negotiations more cumbersome than ever. The industry has turned from a buyers’ market, where hotels were eager for business, to a sellers’ market, where it’s difficult for groups to find the space they need and wield leverage in the negotiation process. In this free downloadable […]

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How to Plan the Perfect Youth Sports Event

When looking to a plan a youth sporting event, there are a number of location factors to consider. For many families, away games also serve as the opportunity for a vacation. This is why it is important to ensure a sporting destination offers full-service sports facilities and services as well as a variety of family-friendly […]

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Guide to Sports Events and Venues in Ocean City

Why Ocean City for Your Next Meeting or Event? In Ocean City, unique meeting and convention spaces create memorable experiences. Attendees will find myriad opportunities to rejuvenate, connect and energize throughout their stay in this destination renowned for its sparkling blue waters and fiery pink sunsets. With its prime location near many of the most […]

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Sports ETA Elects New Board Members

Sports Events & Tourism Association members have elected a new slate of board members, including a secretary to the executive committee, three new destination representatives, two new rights holders and an industry partner position. The new board members will begin their positions on July 1. Matthew Libber, the executive director of the Maryland Soccer Complex, […]

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Esport Canada to Host 2023 Annual General Meeting at EsportsTravel Summit

Esport Canada and Northstar Meetings Group, a division of Northstar Travel Group, have announced an agreement that makes the EsportsTravel Summit the exclusive home to the 2023 Annual General Meeting of Esport Canada, a national organization dedicated to the development and promotion of esports in Canada. Esport Canada is a federally registered nonprofit and is […]

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Northstar and Playeasy Announce Marketing, Advertising and Content Sharing Partnership

Northstar Meetings Group, the world’s largest media, marketing and information services platform for meeting and event organizers and suppliers, and Playeasy, the leading digital platform supporting sports event organizers, destinations, facilities and events in the United States, have announced an extensive, exclusive marketing, advertising and content sharing partnership. The partnership designates Northstar, through its Sports […]

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