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IHG: Sports Generated a Third of Summer Group Bookings

From May through August 2020, more than a third of all group bookings at IHG Hotels and Resorts were from sports-related travel, the company has reported. The company, whose properties include Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Crowne Plaza, said the amateur sports market—led by baseball, softball and hockey—accounted for one of its strongest group […]

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The NBA received a 2020 SportsTravel Award for its leadership role during the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

2020 SportsTravel Awards Honor
Organizations That Gave Back

SportsTravel is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 SportsTravel Awards, which were awarded at TEAMS ’20 Virtual from Houston. The awards honored organizations that went above and beyond to help their communities and their sports during the coronavirus pandemic. The SportsTravel Awards, which typically honor the best amateur, collegiate and professional sports events […]

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TEAMS ’20 Virtual From Houston Program

Read the Summer 2020 digital edition of SportsTravel! This issue is devoted to the sports-event industry’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on sports events. Features include an in-depth look at what the future holds for youth, collegiate and professional sports, as well as sponsorship and the fan experience. Click here to access the digital edition.

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Episode Five: How an Event Organizer, Venue and Destination View Recovery

In Episode Five: How an Event Organizer, Venue and Destination View Recovery, SportsTravel Editor and Publisher Jason Gewirtz and EventConnect CEO Jason Parker discuss the latest tournament registration statistics and trends they are seeing in the timing of those registrations. This episode also includes an in-depth discussion from three perspectives of the sports-event industry’s recovery. […]

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Jim Arnold Joins Sports Facilities Companies

Sports Facilities (SF) Companies has announced that Jim Arnold will join the youth and amateur sports venue management, development, and planning company in the role of national business development director. In the new role, Arnold will lead the company’s client engagement across the United States. Arnold has a long history with sports venues, launching Ripken […]

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Episode Five: How an Event Organizer, Venue and Destination View Recovery (Video)

In this fact-based, data-driven web series, SportsTravel will be interviewing leaders from destinations, sports organizations, hotels and industry suppliers to track the recovery of the sports-event industry. Each episode will feature insight from EventConnect on the latest statistics from tournament registrations and hotel bookings across the country, as well as a dialogue with a select […]

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Raleigh to Offer Medical Services to Esports Players

As esports organizations move to consolidate the location of their players, the city of Raleigh, North Carolina, is taking a new approach to hosting professional teams by launching a “medical concierge service” to teams moving to the city to compete. The Greater Raleigh Esports Local Organizing Committee announced the program in partnership with esports advisory […]

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USA Triathlon Awards $110,000 in COVID-19 Relief Grants

The USA Triathlon Foundation has awarded more than $110,000 in COVID-19 relief grants to more than 40 organizations in the multisport community that have been adversely impacted by the pandemic. The national governing body’s foundation established its COVID-19 Relief Fund in April and received 173 applications asking for more than $866,000 in support. Applicants included […]

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Sports Event Guidelines for Post-COVID Competition

As sports at all levels prepare to come back from weeks or months on hiatus, sports organizations are releasing guidelines that can serve as a framework for how to host events safely and successfully. The following are links to various published guidelines across a range of sports that are designed for event organizers to consult […]

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Emergency Relief Bill for Youth Sports Introduced in Congress

U.S. Rep. Max Rose (D-New York) and Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-New Jersey) have introduced a bill in Congress calling for the $8.5 billion in emergency funding that a coalition of youth sports organizations has sought in relief for the industry. The COVID-19 Youth Sports and Working Families Relief Act calls for authorizing a relief fund […]

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