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Pittsburgh is a hotbed for esports and will host the 2021 EsportsTravel Summit, December 14–16. The event will feature the co-location of the United States eSports Federation Annual Meeting.
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United States eSports Federation Extends
Co-Location Agreement with EsportsTravel Summit

The United States eSports Federation (USeF) and Northstar Meetings Group, a division of Northstar Travel Group, have announced a multi-year extension of the agreement that makes the EsportsTravel Summit the exclusive home to the USeF’s Annual Meeting. The USeF is recognized as the National Governing Body of esports by the International Esports Federation. Hosted by […]

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Dozens of Olympians and Paralympians took the stage at the opening session of Olympic and Paralympic Sportslink at TEAMS '19 in Anaheim.

U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee Extends
Agreement with Northstar Meetings Group

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and Northstar Meetings Group, a division of Northstar Travel Group, have announced a multi-year extension of the agreement that makes the TEAMS Conference & Expo the exclusive home to the USOPC’s annual Olympic and Paralympic Sportslink and National Governing Body (NGB) Best Practices Seminar. The USOPC’s Sportslink, which […]

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Northstar’s Sports Division Launches
Bid Process for Marquee Events

The Sports Division of Northstar Meetings Group has launched a formal bidding process to identify potential host-city partners for the TEAMS Conference & Expo and the EsportsTravel Summit. Northstar is seeking hosts for TEAMS in 2025, 2027 and beyond and for the EsportsTravel Summit in 2023 and beyond. TEAMS and the EsportsTravel Summit are the […]

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The Local Organizing Committee for the 2021 EsportsTravel Summit includes the Pittsburgh Knights, the professional esports team based in the "City of Champions."
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EsportsTravel Summit Reschedules to December 14–16

Northstar Meetings Group has announced that the 2021 EsportsTravel Summit—the only event of its kind for esports tournament and event organizers—has been rescheduled to December 14–16 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Concurrent with the date change, the EsportsTravel Summit announced a new multiyear partnership agreement with CSL, the leading advisory and planning firm specializing in providing consulting services to the sports, entertainment, […]

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The CEO Fighting Game Championships at Ocean Center in Daytona Beach attracted competitors from 30 countries. Photo: Ocean Center
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Daytona Beach Will Host the 2022 EsportsTravel Summit

Northstar Meetings Group has announced that the 2022 EsportsTravel Summit—the only event of its kind for esports tournament and event organizers—will be held in Daytona Beach, Florida, June 21–22, 2022. The announcement was made during the TEAMS ’20 Virtual Conference from Houston. The EsportsTravel Summit is being hosted by the Daytona Beach Area Convention & […]

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Al Kidd and Jennifer Stoll: The $45 Billion Case for Sports-Related Travel

  For more coverage of the State of the Industry report, click here. For years, the Sports Events and Tourism Association (formerly the National Association of Sports Commissions) produced an annual state of the industry report in an effort to gauge the economic impact of the sports tourism industry. But association leaders were quick to […]

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Fans watch a 2019 Little League World Series tournament game in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)

Study: $45 Billion Spent in 2019 on Sports-Related Travel

A landmark new study conducted by the Sports Events and Tourism Association shows that travel to amateur and collegiate sports events in 2019 accounted for $45.1 billion in spending in the United States, an increase of over 5 percent from the previous year. In addition, that spending generated $103.3 billion in direct, indirect and induced […]

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EsportsTravel Summit Reschedules to November 18–20

Northstar Meetings Group has announced that the 2020 EsportsTravel Summit—the only event of its kind for esports tournament and event organizers—has been rescheduled to November 18–20 in Arlington, Texas. The Summit had been scheduled for August 11–13. Concurrent with the date change, the EsportsTravel Summit announced a new five-year partnership agreement with venue design firm […]

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EsportsTravel Summit in Arlington
Reschedules to August 11–13

Northstar Meetings Group has announced that the 2020 EsportsTravel Summit—the only event of its kind for esports tournament and event organizers—has been rescheduled to August 11–13 in Arlington, Texas. The Summit was originally scheduled for June 16–18. The EsportsTravel Summit is being hosted by the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Arlington Sports Commission. […]

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Al Kidd Receives Three-Year Extension at Sports ETA

Al Kidd has received a three-year extension to continue serving as president and CEO of the Sports Events & Tourism Association. Kidd joined the organization in 2017, becoming the second executive in the association’s history and helping the organization rebrand from its former name of the National Association of Sports Commissions. “Under Al’s leadership, our […]

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