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#218: November 01, 2023
2023 Champions of Economic Impact

Meet SDM's 2023 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism

Powerful and innovative. Those are two words that we have long associated with this industry. And in previous years, we have learned two more: Determined and resourceful. It takes all four of these qualities to bring events to life. This year’s honorees, our 2023 Champions in Economic Impact in Sports Tourism, have lived up to all those superlatives. more

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Destination Spotlight

Visit Addison, Texas: Your DFW Tournament Headquarters

Make Addison your home base for the next tournament you host in the DFW! Nestled just 15 minutes from downtown Dallas and within a 20-minute drive from both the DFW International Airport and Dallas Love Field Airport, Addison offers unparalleled convenience for athletes, teams and fans. Addison has so much to offer: shopping, dining and more. more

Visit Addison, Texas: Your DFW Tournament Headquarters
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Featured Destination
A Vibrant Southern Community AND a Thriving Sports Hub

A Vibrant Southern Community AND a Thriving Sports Hub

First-rate facilities and award-winning services combine to make Rutherford County the ideal host for any tournament or event. more

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In other news and commentary...
Breaking Down TSA PreCheck, CLEAR and Global Entry

Flying seems to be getting more complicated, despite the various platforms designed to make it easier and less hassle. TSA PreCheck and Clear are designed to get you where you need to be faster, while Global Entry is intended to make the customs process easier. Still confused? Here’s a breakdown of each option, including prices and advantages. more

Daily Hotel Housekeeping Probably Won’t Return Anytime Soon

Over the next five years, the United States will host some of the biggest sporting events in the world, including the 2026 FIFA World Cup and the 2028 Summer Olympics, as well as plenty of others. But even now, visitors from around the globe might find the services offered at most hotels in the United States to be lacking daily housekeeping. more

Get Your BID On: National Senior Games

Here’s a GREAT opportunity for a city interested in welcoming a multigenerational activity. The National Senior Games Association is seeking a city to host its 2027 event. What you’ll need: Multiple sports facilities, hotel and lodging options, a can-do attitude, and the ability to communicate with the event owner. Got questions? Go here for answers. more

Turkey Trots are the Biggest Cash Cows in Racing

With more than one million runners signing up to shake their tailfeathers and make a pre-emptive strike at calories, Thanksgiving Day turkey trots, usually 5Ks, have contributed heavily to local economic impact, particularly when it comes to charity donations. And with social distancing in the rear view, 2023 events are making a return in a big way. more

Cool Spots

Some water sports are well known, like surfing, water skiing, fishing and even open water swimming. Some rely on motor power, like boat racing, while others, like kiteboarding, are wind driven. As a result, there are as many destinations to host as there are disciplines that fall under the category of water sports. Here are just a few of those. more

Case Study: How a Pennsylvania High School Became a Sports Destination

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) had long called Hersheypark Stadium home for its high school state championship events. Hershey was an iconic location, but the stadium surprisingly lacked technology. Here is a case study of how the facility updated its amenities, and in the process, got new hosting clout. more

Inside Events
Inside Events: North American Sand Soccer Championships

Inside Events: North American Sand Soccer Championships

The North American Sand Soccer Championships (NASSC) are almost a living contradiction: a niche sports event that takes over an entire resort town in peak season, with maximum economic results. Next year, it celebrates its 30th anniversary on the Virginia Beach oceanfront. SDM sat down with its organizers to learn how and why it is so successful. more

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Instagram Photo of the Week

Following the August wildfires that ravaged Maui, Kā‘anapali Kai Golf Course will reopen for play in November and is expected to help drive economic recovery. Photo courtesy of Dave Sansom | Instagram | X | Facebook

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September/October 2023

September/October 2023

As we tiptoe into a new school year, we’re seeing plenty of changes. This issue can help face them head-on. Our articles cover safety and security preparations and negotiations between vendors and event owners, as well as an update on bus and motorcoach travel. There are features on destinations that can host events in softball, gymnastics and water sports. Additionally, there are insights from the president of AAU and the founder of the Gran Fondo National Series, and a roundup of great sports venues. Get started on the new season right here. more

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Last word...

"I have always had a drive that pushed me to try for perfection and golf is a game in which perfection stays just out of reach."

~ Betsy Rawls, who won eight majors in her 55 LPGA Tour titles; Rawls died last week at the age of 95

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