Grand Rapids Scores Big Win in Sports Planning Field

8 Apr, 2014

The city of Grand Rapids was named the host city for the 2016 National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) Symposium.

The host cities for the 2016 and 2017 NASC Symposium were announced at the NASC Symposium held this week in Oklahoma City. The 2015 Symposium will be held in Milwaukee and the 2017 Symposium will be hosted in Sacramento.

The NASC Sports Event Symposium, the original sports event industry conference, has been produced annually by the National Association of Sports Commissions since 1992.  The Symposium features the Sports Marketplace, which is the longest-running reverse tradeshow for the sports tourism market, and equips sports event professionals with solutions that produce measurable return on investment. Lead generation, education and certification are what make the NASC Symposium the #1 resource for industry professionals looking to increase their market share, expand their brand’s exposure, or produce top-notch events.

“The West Michigan Sports Commission and Experience Grand Rapids, along with our hospitality partners in the Amway Hotel Collection and DeVos Place Convention Center put together a very aggressive proposal to bring this major industry event to our community,” stated Mike Guswiler, President of the West Michigan Sports Commission.  We are certain that the attendees, which include hundreds of sport tournament rights holders, will find Greater Grand Rapids and the West Michigan area to be a premier destination for sporting events,” Guswiler added.

“Grand Rapids presented an impressive presentation on how their community could host a first-class event for us,” said Don Schumacher, executive director of the NASC. “We look forward to showcasing Grand Rapids and its sporting events community to our NASC membership in 2016.”

The 24th NASC Sports Event Symposium will be held April 3-7, 2016 in Grand Rapids and the 25th anniversary Symposium will be March 26-30, 2017 in Sacramento.

About the National Association of Sports Commissions: As the only trade association for the sports tourism industry, the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) is the most trusted resource for sports commissions, convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs), and sports event owners. The NASC is committed to the success of nearly 650 member organizations and 1,600 sports event professionals. Our promise is to deliver quality education, ample networking opportunities and exceptional event management and marketing know-how to our members - sports destinations, sports event owners, and suppliers to the industry - and to protect the integrity of the sports tourism industry. 

About the West Michigan Sports Commission: The mission of the West Michigan Sports Commission is to promote Michigan’s West Coast as the premier venue for hosting a diverse level of youth and amateur sporting events, enhancing the economy and quality of life in the region.


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