|Issue #29: February 24, 2016|
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.
|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?
|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.
|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.
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.
|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.
|Read the latest issue of Sports Destination Management|
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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