|Issue #46: October 19, 2016|
Tri-Cities, Washington: A Desert Region in the Pacific Northwest
A dry desert region in the Pacific Northwest? Get ready for the Tri-Cities region of Washington State to shift your paradigm. The cities of Kennewick, Richland and Pasco, meeting at the confluence of the Yakima, Snake and Columbia rivers, are able to welcome outdoor sports events practically year-round. The surprising climate is made possible by the region's unique geography. The Cascade mountain range, which extends from southern British Columbia through Washington and Oregon to Northern California, is located about two hours west of the Tri-Cities and protects the region from receiving large amounts of rain and snow. Most importantly, there are plenty of sports facilities and hotels as well as options for fun once the games are done. Get to know Tri-Cities and find out what you've been missing in the Pacific Northwest.
|In other news and commentary...|
|Sports Business Industry Watching as Election Looms|
Setting aside the vitriol surrounding the 2016 presidential election, it's possible to focus on ways the outcome could influence the sports travel industry. With one candidate having traveled the world and the other having a stake in the hospitality industry, business stands to be affected.
|More Than 2 Million U.S. Kids Play Rugby? Who Knew?|
Rugby is gaining popularity in the United States faster than football. What's really amazing? Rugby is one of the few tackling sports in which players wear no padding and no helmets. We can thank the Olympics, as well as a strong college club population, for the growth.
Inside Events: National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association
The all-American sport of rodeo, epitomized by groups like the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, continues to score big on the crowd-pleasing scale, but before many of its stars were winning buckles in the major arenas, they were competing at the college level. Meet the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.
|Instagram Photo Contest|
The 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games were held in and around the StubHub Center in Carson, California, July 19-24. Competition is on to whittle down to the participants for the 2017 event. Instagram | Facebook | Twitter
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|
With the summer Olympics in the rear-view (and what a view it was!), it's time to turn our attention to what's ahead. How do we grow the sports we have, and how do we use best practices in business? In this issue, we review what people will be talking about (gymnastics and cycling, for instance, along with water sports) and looking ahead (softball will be included in the 2020 Games.) And there's always time to sharpen our skills in business, and articles on security, transportation options, negotiations, long-term contracts and more will help you do that. Turn the page and start your learning experience.
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