Knoxville, Tennessee, will host the 2019 National Association of Sports Commissions Sports Event Symposium, May 6–9. The event, which originally had been scheduled for San Diego, marks the annual meeting of the NASC, including destinations, rights holders and industry partners.

“Sports tourism is a growing market and to have NASC choose Knoxville is wonderful for our destination,” said Kim Bumpas, president of Visit Knoxville. “Being chosen for this event puts Knoxville on a national playing field with many other cities across the nation.”

“Visit Knoxville Sports Commission is excited to welcome the 2019 NASC Symposium to Knoxville and we look forward to partnering with all of our teammates at PlayTN to show more than 1,000 sports tourism professionals an unforgettable event,” said Chad Culver, Visit Knoxville Sports Commission’s senior director. “Hosting the symposium is an incredible honor for Knoxville as well as the entire state of Tennessee.”

“We are excited to bring our symposium to the heart of Tennessee,” said Al Kidd, NASC president and CEO. “We look forward to bringing the leaders in sports events and tourism to such a vibrant sports city as Knoxville.”

The 2018 event will be held in Minneapolis, April 23–26. Kansas City will host the event in 2020, while future events are currently out to bid.