Sports Destination Management, the leading publication with the largest circulation of sports event planners and tournament directors in the sports tourism market, has announced the 2017 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism. This year’s winners are responsible for contributing more than $400 million to the national economy over the past year.
“This year’s nominations were incredible,” said Publisher Fonda Johnson. “We were amazed not just by the sheer volume of events, but by the scope. We saw an amazing array of entries — from team to individual, from youth to seniors, and across all disciplines and all levels of play.”
The most outstanding of those received were recognized and presented with event details in a special feature published in the November/December 2017 issue of Sports Destination Management. The entire article with full details on the winners listed below can also be found online along with a special feature on economic impact.
Mid- to Large Market Champions
2017 NFL Draft & Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau
44th AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships & Amateur Athletic Union, ESPN Wide World of Sports, Visit Orlando
2017 National Senior Games Presented by Humana & Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau
2017 AAU Junior Olympic Games, Amateur Athletic Union & Detroit Sports Commission
Adidas Windy City National Qualifier & Choose Chicago
2017 Icy Hot IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships & Chattanooga Sports Committee
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix & SportsPITTSBURGH
State Games of America & West Michigan Sports Commission
American Youth Football and Cheer National Championships & Kissimmee Sports Commission
2017 Jam On It Reno Memorial Day AAU Tournament & Jam On It and Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority
Head of the Hooch & Chattanooga Sports Committee
USA Gymnastics Championships & VISIT Milwaukee
TSSAA Spring Fling & Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Emerald City Open – 2017 Spartan’s US Championship Series & Snohomish County Sports Commission
6th Annual ISSA/WBSC World Tournament of Champions & Tampa Bay Sports Commission, World Baseball Softball Confederation, International Senior Softball Association
Small Market Champions
2017 UCI BMX World Championships & City of Rock Hill, Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department
California Rodeo Salinas & City of Salinas
IRONMAN Florida & Visit Panama City Beach
Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon & Visit Champaign County
Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Marathon Race Series & Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau
Oregon Wrestling Classic & Deschutes Fair & Expo
WSL Panama City Beach World Series & World Sports League
Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships & Collier County Convention and Visitors Bureau
NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship – Preliminary Round & VisitGreenvilleSC
National Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament of Champions & Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission, Townsquare Media and Ragin’ Cajun Boxing Club
Cape Express Beach Blast Sand Soccer Tournament & Morey’s Piers and Waterfront Beach Parks
2017 National Theatre on Ice Competition & Evansville Sports Corporation
Sports Force Parks 4th of July Fireworks Classic & Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center located in the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Region
US Junior Nationals Hershey Showcase & Hershey Harrisburg Sports & Events Authority
Little League Senior League Softball World Series & Delaware World Series Committee of Little League International
Innovations in Sports Tourism
Passport2Pain & Vashon-Maury Island Chamber of Commerce
2017 Southern Zone Age Group Championship & Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau
Sports Events Presented as a Series
USSSA Global World Series – Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, Alabama & Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission
United States Hockey League Development Series Phase I, II and III Combines & Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau
About Sports Destination Management: Sports Destination Management is written for the largest audience of sports event managers and tournament directors in the sports tourism market and maintains a focus on the important issues surrounding event location decisions and event management. With content from experts and thought leaders, SDM provides in-depth coverage of sports event planning and execution through incisive and relevant articles as well as insightful, real-world case studies showcasing best practices and successful event production.
In addition to the publication, SDM offers extensive digital resources through www.sportsdestinations.com and the e-newsletter SDM Blitz, both providing decision support tools for organizers to ensure successful events at all levels of play.
About Due North Media: Due North Media, a division of Due North Consulting, Inc., is a niche business-to-business publisher providing media services to executives within specialized vertical markets impacting economic development including corporate site selection, business development, market-to-market events and sports tourism via publications, digital media, qualified list marketing and custom publishing.
Founded in 2001, Due North Consulting, Inc. has helped niche marketers obtain their goals for a decade and a half. The principals of the company have over 40 years of business-to-business advertising and marketing experience. It has been their mission to serve readers, clients and employees with integrity, humility and a continuing quest for the achievement of excellence.