February 02, 2022 | Sports Destination Management
#175: February 02, 2022
The Latest Substitute for Riding in Modern Pentathlon is Pillow Fighting

The Latest Substitute for Riding in Modern Pentathlon is Pillow Fighting

It's low-risk and everyone has done it at least once - probably more if they have ever been to a slumber party. It's competitive pillow fighting, and it's being suggested as an alternative to horseback riding for modern pentathlon. Other contestants? Drone racing, roller skating, cycling, steeplechase/hurdles and obstacle racing. Here's the latest.

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Florence Athletics & Sports Tourism: Full Life. Full Forward.

The City of Florence, South Carolina is fast becoming a growing destination for sports tourism due to location, construction of new athletics facilities and the infrastructure to provide a quality experience. Florence is easily accessible to traveling teams and has not only outstanding venues but plenty of hotels and eateries. Learn more here.

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Florence Athletics & Sports Tourism: Full Life. Full Forward.
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Valley Forge & Montgomery County, PA: More Convenient, More Fun, More Help, More Facilities

Valley Forge & Montgomery County, PA: More Convenient, More Fun, More Help, More Facilities

It's time you met Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Easily accessed, well-appointed and just plain IMPOSSIBLE not to enjoy, this is a destination that needs to be on every event owner's radar. Come for the excellent sports venues, then stay to enjoy all the area has to offer: history, adventure, fun, learning and more. Learn more here...

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Indiana Bill Could Help Sports Commission Cover Bid Fees

A new bill being studied by lawmakers in Indiana would designate a pool of money for the Indiana Sports Corporation to use for bids to bring events to the state. Lawmakers say the state is lagging behind others, being unable to pay the bid fees required for large events with potentially strong economic impact. Learn more about the bill and its progress here.

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Airfare is Going (Sorry) Sky-High. Here's Why

Fasten your seatbelt because airfares are about to go (ahem) sky-high. Domestic fares will rise about 7 percent a month through June, thanks (or no thanks) to several factors. And before you ask, politicians are powerless to change most of them. Bottom line: Publicize travel tournaments as early as possible to help people access better fares.

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Ditch Quidditch: The Sport Weighs Options for Name Change

Is it time for quidditch to ditch its name and distance itself from the wizarding world of Harry Potter? US Quidditch and Major League Quidditch believe it is. The two organizations are in the process of rebranding and selecting a new name. A few possibilities have been put forth, and voting has taken place. Where does the sport go from here?

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An All-Indigenous Bid? Here are Some Potential 2030 Winter Olympics Hosts

With all the attention being paid to (a) the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing and (b) the 2028 Summer Games in Los Angeles, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that the lobbying is already underway from candidate cities for the 2030 Winter Games. And it's an interesting race that could include Canada bringing the first all-indigenous-led bid.

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Community Reacts After Hall of Fame Field Damaged by Vandals

Vandalism of sports venues tends to rouse the ire of their home communities. But when that venue is in a Hall of Fame complex and a youth facility, the anger goes off the charts. Right now, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame is looking for answers after someone broke into a flagship youth field and damaged it by driving circles across it in the snow.

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Get Your BID On: The Transplant Games of America 2024

We're kicking off February (the month of Valentine's Day and all things heart-related) with a great event that is up for bid: The summer 2024 Transplant Games of America. This multi-sport event comes with athletes who bring inspiration - and the potential for residual tourism. Get all the details here about what venues are needed and how to proceed.

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Inside Events: U.S. National Toboggan Championships

Inside Events: U.S. National Toboggan Championships

Anyone who grew up with snowy winters remembers downhill sledding to gain bragging rights among friends. And the annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships, held at Maine's Camden Snow Bowl, allows adults to relive snow days (complete with bragging rights and a trophy). Along the way, the event has turned into an essential moneymaker for the area.

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The Joe Barry Memorial Cup, the second tournament of the 2022 season in Palm Beach, was held on January 16 at the International Polo Club Palm Beach. La Fe edged Beverly Polo, 12-11 | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

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January/February 2022

January/February 2022

What's your New Year's resolution? If it involves becoming a stronger, better informed, more productive member of this industry, this issue can help. There are articles on insuring your event (and not falling prey to the problems that often occur), on rebranding (and marketing a new identity) - and on how adaptive sports have evolved (there's something every event owner can learn here). If you've wanted to find a host for basketball, esports or winter sports, we have some great possibilities. Plus, you can catch up with paddle and watercraft sports, as well as with ski mountaineering, a new discipline for the Winter Olympics. Let's make it a great year together.

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