North Carolina


USL

USL Announces Dates, Locations of 2021 Kick Offs

April 9, 2021

The 168-game regular season will kick off on Saturday, April 10, making it the first professional men’s league in the US to do so. more >>


MLF

Raleigh Ready to Host Bass Anglers

April 7, 2021

Major League Fishing is set to visit Raleigh for the kickoff of the General Tire Heavy Hitters Presented by Bass Pro Shops, April 9-14. more >>


OutdoorSportsmanGroup

MLF Announces New Spring Schedule

March 22, 2021

With the smell of spring in the air in parts of the country, Major League Fishing (MLF) is gearing up to start its 2021 season. more >>


VisitRaleigh

Raleigh to Host 2021 Collegiate Esports Championship

March 17, 2021

The first Collegiate Esports National Championship comes to Raleigh on April 29 through May 2 at the Raleigh Convention Center. more >>


Puttview

Tarheel Golf Association Announces Details of Event

March 16, 2021

The inaugural PuttView Junior will be held March 20-21, 2021 at Lane Tree Golf Club in Goldsboro, North Carolina. more >>



Troon

Troon Announces Venues Honored with Golfweek Article

March 22, 2021

52 Troon-affiliated courses have been named to Golfweek’s “Ultimate Guide of Best Courses” for 2021. more >>


Troon

Troon Announces Courses Winning International Honors

March 8, 2021

Troon® announced 49 of its brand-affiliated courses were named to Golfweek’s list of “Ultimate Guide of Best Courses” for 2021. more >>


SoutheastTourismSociety

Huddle Up Group, Southeast Tourism Society Announce New Partnership

March 1, 2021

The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) and Huddle Up Group have announced their new industry partnership. more >>


Puttview

PuttView Named Title Sponsor Of New Carolinas Golf Association Junior Tournament

February 8, 2021

PuttView has been named title sponsor of a new Carolinas Golf Association Tarheel Youth Golf Association (TYGA) event. more >>


Raleigh

Visit Raleigh Launches Tourism Recovery Initiatives

December 21, 2020

Visit Raleigh was awarded $1.25 million in CARES Act funds by Wake County for the purpose of driving tourism recovery efforts. more >>



Asheville

Find Your Place in the Sun in Asheville!

March 12, 2020

If you haven’t considered Asheville, North Carolina, as your next host site, you’re missing out. In addition to our great weather and warm... more >>


Spartans

Victory Means a Little More Here: Fayetteville, North Carolina

April 15, 2019

Located in the heart of North Carolina, Fayetteville has a historic charm packed with culture, excitement and top-notch sports facilities. Our... more >>


RockyMount

Rocky Mount, NC - A World-Class Sports Event Destination

September 1, 2018

Rocky Mount, North Carolina, has long been a vital sports destination for North Carolina and the surrounding region. The Rocky Mount Sports Complex,... more >>


Articles

Article | May 4, 2016
NCAA’s Hard Line Stance: Will It Soften the NC Governor’s Decision?

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Last week, the NCAA drew a hard line. It drew it in the sand of its women’s beach volleyball championships, on the turf of its baseball, softball,...   More>>


Article | April 20, 2016
Sports Tourism Puts North Carolina’s Controversial Legislation in the Hot Seat

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

In a dance that seems all too familiar, yet another governor is trying to backstep after passing yet another piece of controversial legislation that...   More>>


blank Article | March 2, 2016
Just Add Water - Organizations and Venues Combine Efforts to Make Big Splashes in Aquatics-Based Sports Tourism

By: Michael Popke

As swimming and diving events proliferate nationwide, sports tourism officials around the country are recognizing the long-term benefits of...   More>>


Article | January 11, 2016
NC Travel Groups Profiting from Panthers’ Stellar Season

By: Tracey Schelmetic

Find a need and fill it. That has always been the axiom of the entrepreneur. In North Carolina, travel groups are finding ways to help fans get to...   More>>


blank Article | December 28, 2015
The New Frontiers Are Here

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Star Trek fans will recognize space as “ the final frontier.” But in the sports industry, the new frontiers are more earthbound and often much...   More>>


blank Article | December 28, 2015
Basketball: Traveling Widely

By: Michael Popke

With March Madness lurking, basketball is going to be on everyone’s radar for the next few months. But beyond brackets, there’s a whole science...   More>>


blank Article | November 6, 2015
2015 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism

By: Mary Helen Sprecher, Peter Francesconi

In this issue, we introduce our awards program, Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism, with examples of quantifiable success stories...   More>>


blank Article | November 3, 2015
Tennis - Hitting a Winner

By: Peter Francesconi

Next year, the U.S. Tennis Association’s “National Campus” in Orlando, Florida, should be open for business, with 102 courts, making it...   More>>


blank Article | August 26, 2015
What You Need for Your Next Event: New Places, New Faces

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

Going new places and learning new things – isn’t that on everyone’s bucket list? How about if Sports Destination Management gives you a hand in...   More>>


Article | July 9, 2015
Ritz-Carlton Slinks Away from “Black Tax” Flap, Coughs Up Settlement

By: Mary Helen Sprecher

An all-but-hidden 15 percent surcharge the Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte, North Carolina, added to customers’ bills during the Central Intercollegiate...   More>>


Destination Spotlights

blank Case study | June 27, 2019
AAU Junior Olympic Games Reinforce City’s Status as ‘Tournament Town’   

By: Michael Popke

This summer, Tournament Town will welcome its biggest event yet. The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Games are expected to bring as many... More>>


blank Case study | February 28, 2019
By Land or By Sea   

By: Michael Popke

Nestled between Cape Fear River, the Intercoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, Wilmington, North Carolina, is a natural setting for water sports.... More>>


blank Case study | September 14, 2018
‘Tournament Town’ Expands   

By: Michael Popke

When the Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau created a position in 2004 exclusively aimed at boosting sports tourism business in North... More>>



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