February 24, 2016 | Sports Destination Management
Issue #29: February 24, 2016

Good News for Flint: No Cancelled Events, as the Chamber of Commerce Works to Keep Sports Tourism Moving Forward

There isn't much the water crisis hasn't touched in Flint, Michigan. The spreading ripples have managed to reach the hospitality industry and even sports tourism. However, no events have been cancelled or moved, although Flint destination professionals say their job now includes putting athletes and officials at ease about coming to the area.

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Destination Spotlight

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - Facilitating Great Sports

When you add up everything you want in a sports event site (excellent sports facilities, plenty of hotel and restaurant options and amazing entertainment and activities for visitors young and old) the answer you get is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, an area where sports planners and organizers know their tournament or event will be a success. Thought it was just a destination for golf and tennis facilities? Think again. It has those, plus a whole lot more. Get to know Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where all the pieces come together to create an excellent destination for any event.

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In other news and commentary...
One Year After RFRA, the Women's Final Four Comes to Indy

One year ago, Indiana passed, then amended its controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, allowing business owners to refuse service to same-sex couples on the basis of their own religious beliefs. Sports tourism played a huge role in its defeat. Now, the city is hosting the NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four. Will it reawaken the arguments?

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FEI Proposed Reforms Include Name Change from Three-Day Event to Equestrian Triathlon

Triathlons, one of the hottest bucket-list items around, may be hosting an all-new breed of athlete: the kind that wears a saddle. The proposal by the International Equestrian Federation, that the term, three-day eventing, may possibly be replaced with equestrian triathlon, is on the table for consideration. It's driven by (no surprise) TV ratings.

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USA Tops Formal Sports Political Power Index for Second Time

Which nation has the most political clout when it comes to international sports? If you guessed the United States, you'd be correct. And it's not just jingoism or patriotism: this is international research. The recent Formal Sports Political Power Index puts the U.S. in the top spot for the second straight time.

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Bluegrass Sports Commission Seeking Approval for Sports Park Proposal

Lexington, Kentucky could become a hotspot for youth sports if the Bluegrass Sports Commission can manage to convince area decision makers of the need for a proposed 130-acre youth sports complex for baseball, softball, soccer and more. One report that estimates the new complex could generate as much as $23 million annually.

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Going Up: A New Sports Facility in New England

Sprawling over 105 acres, the New England Sports Village, currently under construction in Attleboro, Massachusetts, will be one of the largest sports facilities in the nation. The facility, with an expected conclusion date of September 2017, will include an ice arena, field house, two outdoor fields, aquatic center and a hotel.

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Buffalo, New York Has a Game Plan: Double its Sports Tourism

We can do better than that. Or at least, that's the theory of Visit Buffalo Niagra (New York) upon reviewing an already impressive resume of 168 sports events that brought in about 80,000 hotel rooms in the last year alone. And building more sports facilities is a part of that plan.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: USA Diving

USA Diving is the national governing body tasked with taking the sport of diving and its athletes of all ages to new levels. With new fans, a dedicated staff and the support of other partner organizations, diving continues to be the United States' most successful summer Olympic sport. Hear what Terry Powers, Vice President, has to say about this sport and its future.

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Instagram Photo Contest

At Big Sky Resort-Dummy Jump 2016: The contest to build dummies that can ski. Bonus points for spectacular crashes. #bigskyresort Photo by Glenniss Indreland Facebook Twitter: @BigSkyResort Instagram: bigskyresort

We want to see you! Send your Instagram photos. Take pictures of your events, and share them with #SportsDestinations. Select photos will be presented on sportsdestinations.com, SDM Blitz and in the latest issues of Sports Destination Management magazine. We're looking for those photos that depict what you and your events are all about. Anything you think is a great representation of your event - all are welcome! Use #SportsDestinations via twitter or Instagram.

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January/February 2016

This issue has some great insights on perfecting sports events, from that first bid to the final whistle. See the articles on social media strategies, recording and streaming events, planning for athletes with disabilities and more. There's also great information on hosting basketball, winter and ice sports and skateboard and BMX events. We'll look at the Northeastern region of the U.S. and at some of the new and expanding markets, just waiting for your next event. Get a jump on 2016 now.

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