June 17, 2015 | Sports Destination Management
Issue #13: June 17, 2015

Airbnb: Carving out a Place in the Sports Tourism Market?

The hot-button topic at the recent NYU International Hospitality Investment Conference wasn't bedbugs. It wasn't the economy. It wasn't even online travel sites. It was Airbnb. And now, the online platform that harnesses the sharing economy is taking aim at the travel market, with clients like the World Cup (yes, you really read that) and a half marathon under its belt.

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Destination Spotlight

Stay Ahead of the Game in Lubbock, Texas

Lubbock earned the nickname, "The Hub City," for the five major highways that pass through town, forming a hub. That feature, along with Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB), puts Lubbock within easy reach of thousands of sports traveling families, and helps the city welcome team after team, athlete after athlete. And while stress-free transportation and outstanding service are Lubbock standards, this West Texas town knows that it takes more than that to knock one out of the park. As longtime home to a variety of sports events, Lubbock's team knows detail and steadfast dedication to visiting teams will keep planners coming back to the area.

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In other news and commentary...
2026 World Cup Decision-Making Put on Hold

The winner of the 2026 FIFA World Cup site selection process wasn't expected to be announced until 2017. Now, it might take even longer - not that it comes as any surprise. Soccer America Daily reports that in the wake of FIFA's mounting crisis, the bid process for the 2026 World Cup has been suspended.

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USWNT Member Ali Krieger Wearing Protective Headgear at World Cup

It has been a big month for headgear in professional sports that don't require headgear. First, the ASTM performance standard for women's lacrosse headgear was approved. Now, in time for the Women's World Cup, U.S. Women's National Team Member Ali Krieger has chosen to wear performance protection headgear. And Krieger's not the only one.

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What Can Sports Event Professionals Learn from Convention Trends?

At first glance, sports event owners and business convention planners don't seem to have much in common. But take a closer look and you find the common denominators: in planning their events, both sides want to maximize economic impact, increase attendance, gain publicity and with any luck, set the stage for repeat visits.

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U.S. Half Marathon Finishers Top 2 Million for the First Time

The half marathon, apparently, is the new black. Or the new obstacle race. Whatever it is, it's the very latest, according to industry research. Last year, for the first time in history, the half marathon distance surpassed two million finishers in the United States.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: Fishers of Men Tournament Trail

The Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail (FOMTT) is a nonprofit, nondenominational ministry. But here's a surprise: what began in 1998 as a small four-division tournament trail with a total of 21 events through the first season has now grown into one of the largest fishing tournament organizations in the country.

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May/June 2015

May/June 2015

The old adage in real estate is location, location, location. In this issue, we talk about locations for soccer, fishing and track & field. There's also information on maximizing economic impact, giving athletes the star treatment, tapping into the senior athlete market, organizing multisport events - and even educational programs designed to turn out more knowledgeable professionals. You'll also learn about specific locations - such as the Mid-Atlantic area - and about some of the most promising personnel to help you put on your best event ever. It's a great issue and you won't want to miss a word.

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