|Issue #92: September 05, 2018|
eSports Becoming a Sports Tourism Juggernaut
eSports as a sports tourism juggernaut? It's possible. According to at least one report, by 2020, the global eSports market is expected to generate $1.5 billion in annual revenues, primarily from sponsorships and advertising, to an estimated global audience of 600 million fans.
Top 5 Reasons to Bring Your Tournament to Round Rock
As the Sports Capital of Texas, Round Rock holds a reputation for being a sports tourism hot spot. There are all kinds of reasons to bring your tournament here, but we're glad to provide five:
We're already the home of FIVE national tournaments in sports ranging from judo to quidditch
We have an unbeatable location, along with a small-town vibe and big-city amenities - and did we mention the perfect weather?
Whether your sport plays out on a field, a ping-pong table or on the mat, Round Rock has the facilities to host it
We have outstanding tourist attractions and plenty to do after the games
Best of all, our Southern hospitality will win you over. Come visit us and see for yourself what a difference our first-class service can make in your event.
East Meets West in America's 50th State
It takes more than a volcano to slow down Hawaii. Coming off three straight years of record-breaking hotel bookings, the islands are growing sports tourism as well. Meet the destination that welcomes NBA players as handily as it hosts surfing pros.
|In other news and commentary...|
|New Report Details Which Sports Teenagers Are Playing|
When they're not in high school, what are teenagers doing? They're playing soccer, they're cheering and they're ...bass fishing and bowling. At least that's what a recent survey says. And according to its data, the number of students involved in school sports programs across the board is growing.
|Fierce Turf Wars Threaten Competitive Surfing Events|
In the surf-centric movie, Blue Crush, North Shore surfers, irate at the newbie tourists learning to surf on their ‘sweet spot' beach, send one back to his hotel with a black eye. Unfortunately, the issue of locals defending their turf from outsiders has become an issue for competition organizers.
|Theme Runs Enjoying Strong Popularity. Can It Last?|
Where have all the traditional runners gone? You know, the ones who throw on a T-shirt and shorts and do a 5K? They are being replaced by runners dressed as Wonder Woman or wearing Santa hats. Across the nation, theme runs are raking in the runners. Will it last?
|As Summer Closes, Heat Safety Measures Remain in the Spotlight|
All the way back in June, school administrators and health professionals were weighing in on what constituted appropriate heat safety measures for sports practice. Now, with more technology and the market - and unfortunately, another athlete death in the news - event organizers can expect even more worry from parents.
Inside Events: USA Obstacle Course Racing
USA Obstacle Racing, the national governing body for obstacle sports, exists to promote the sport of OCR nationwide. Meet the staff, its goals and find out what's ahead - including some insights into the question of whether we might see the sport at the Olympics some day.
|Read the latest issue of Sports Destination Management|
This issue of SDM covers a lot of ground. Our sports are as varied as combat, lacrosse and running, our Regional Focus covers the Southeast and there are sports insight columns on bass fishing and competitive cheerleading and dance. Add in our industry experts, who are weighing in on the essential topics and you really do have an issue that is packed with substantive content and excellent insights. From coast to coast and border to border, and throughout the entire landscape of sports and experiences available, there's always something new to try and fun to learn. This issue offers a view of that.
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