Issue #73: November 29, 2017

2017 CHAMPIONS OF ECONOMIC IMPACT IN SPORTS TOURISM

Sports Destination Management is proud to announce the 2017 "Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism." The nominees this year were tremendous and included a huge variety of events. Whether the sports showcased on these pages took over a whole city or simply brought a boost to a small town, they represent inspiring case studies for all of us.

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Destination Spotlight

"Best Small Town to Visit" Serves Up Volleyball, Gymnastics, Baseball and More

Already a popular vacation spot with such major attractions as Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Dollywood, Sevierville, Tennessee, also has become a high-profile destination for youth sports events from across the country. And whether, like cheer, volleyball or gymnastics, those events play inside - or whether athletes make tracks for the great outdoors, where baseball and softball diamonds, tennis courts, a golf course, a competition pool and more await, their return visits are something the local staff strives for. Learn about the destination in Tennessee that has it all, including a warm, Southern welcome and plenty of hospitality. Like so many others, you'll be back for more.

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Featured Event

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Wins Economic Impact Award

When the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP) took to the streets of Pittsburgh this past July, it marked the 35th consecutive year that the nation's largest vintage sports car racing event graced Pittsburgh city streets.

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In other news and commentary...
Why is Road Running Losing Pace?

What is slowing down the road running industry? A combination of rising fees, competition from nontraditional events (hello, novelty runs and obstacle racing) and a business culture that has seen too many races go belly-up soon after launch. The decline has event planners worried.

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One Year Later: Fire-Ravaged Tennessee Destinations Have Message of Hope for California

As residents and business owners take stock of the fire damage to California's wine country, a sports destination in Eastern Tennessee is watching with the unique empathy that can only come from having lived through the same thing. Now, they share their insights, advice and messages of hope.

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With a Retired Soccer Pro's Admission of Memory Loss, Heading Takes Another Hit

The issue of heading in soccer, which divided youth sports last year, just took another hit and it's a hard one. Retired English soccer star Alan Shearer has announced that even at the age of 47, his memory has deteriorated and that he is at risk for dementia.

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South Carolina Youth Soccer Association's 'Silent September' Still Echoes True

Did 'Silent September,' an initiative in South Carolina to get soccer parents to pipe down, resonate? Yes, it did, and it remains the non-shout heard 'round the soccer world. In fact, it worked so well that at least one organization has expanded this to be a 'silent season.'

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Skijoring: The Niche Sport You Never Met Could Be the Revenue Stream You've Always Dreamed Of

To the initiated, skijoring sounds bizarre. An activity in which a skier is pulled by a galloping horse at high speeds through obstacles, it's been called "skiing meets the rodeo meets Medieval Times." But to winter sports planners, it could be spectator-friendly and a new revenue stream.

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New Fitness Report is Treasure Map for Planners in 2018

It's not often planners and destinations are handed a road map of what sports are going to be big in the coming year. The American College of Sports Medicine, however, has presented its Worldwide Fitness Trends for 2018. Bonus round: It's a treasure trove of ideas for new revenue streams.

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Inside Events

Inside Events: American Cornhole Association

Chances are, if you've been to a tailgate, a cookout or a trade show, you've seen cornhole. The sport itself is proliferating across the U.S., with professional tournaments, as well as leagues and other events. Meet this crazy-popular sport and learn the reasons behind its growth.

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November/December 2017

November/December 2017

The November/December issue not only heralds the end of one year and the beginning of another, but it brings the pinnacle of our work: the announcement of the winners of our annual awards program, Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism. Whether enormous tournaments or smaller niche sports, each award-winning event has a common denominator: they're good for the local economy. We have an excellent issue to showcase them as well, including features on tennis, volleyball, equestrian and rodeo. Open the issue and let the inspiration begin.

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