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Study profiles sports visitors
Branson Tri-Lakes News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Not surprisingly, visitors who come to Branson, Mo., for youth sports events tend to include more young children, but they also have more money than the typical visitor, according to a study commissioned by the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. The study, done between March and November 2012, surveyed hundreds of visitors in town for youth sports events, including those at the Branson RecPlex. More



Spring training venues continue to seek post-recession sales rebound
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America's recent recession touched many industries, and Major League Baseball's spring training was no exception. But after some lean years tied to the poor economy, there are indicators of a bright future. Spring Training 2012 was a healthy year for many Cactus League sites and continued a trend that has seen the area rebound from declines in ticket sales tied to the recession. More

Rugby officials get the ball rolling with young people
Las Vegas Review-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Alex Magleby, coach of the USA Sevens national rugby team, stopped by Glen C. Taylor Elementary School in Henderson, N.V., and chatted with fourth- and fifth-graders. Magleby, in town for the big USA Sevens rugby tournament, asked the kids how many of them have seen a rugby game. Dan Lyle, USA Sevens tournament director, recalled about 90 percent of the Glen C. Taylor students raised their arms. Overall, there were 850,000 rugby participants in the U.S. in 2011, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association data. The sport will be featured in the 2016 Summer Olympics. More

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Chicago showing new approach to sporting events
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On the surface, hosting the Big Ten men's basketball tournament appears to be a perfect fit for the city of Chicago: the central location, the United Center, the bevy of tourist hot spots, the hordes of alumni from each school. That's what made the conference's 2006 decision to snub the Windy City and give Indianapolis the event for five straight years between 2008 and 2012 a major reality check. Seven years later, with the event returning to the United Center March 14-17 for the first time since 2007, Chicago has a renewed approach. More

Junior speed skating championship is NASCAR on ice
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Washington, D.C., speed skating fans have little time left to catch the country's best young short-track skaters. The U.S. Speedskating's Junior Nationals competition began recently at the Prince William Ice Center. According to the National Association of Sports Commissions, in 2011, sports tourism visitor spending was at $7.68 billion up $500 million from 2010 but sports tourism is a growing market. "We recognize the economic benefits competitive sports have on local business," Discover Prince William & Manassas Executive Director Ann Marie Maher says. "With tournaments, come hundreds of visitors eating in our restaurants, shopping in our stores, exploring our attractions and staying in our hotels." More

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2024 Olympics bid invitations sent to 35 US cities
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The United States Olympic Committee sent a letter to the mayors of 35 U.S. cities inviting them to throw their names into the ring as a potential host for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Letters went to the 25 largest cities in the country, plus 10 others that had previously expressed an interest in hosting. Washington at Baltimore are on the list, along with previous hosts Los Angeles, Atlanta and St. Louis. More

Sports helping to drive Louisville's economy
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For at least two minutes each May, Louisville, Ky., stands at the center of the sports world. But increasingly, finding sporting events to fill the rest of the calendar is as competitive as the Kentucky Derby. Less than 35 years since Indianapolis founded the first American sports commission, the trade's national association claims 650 members, most of them chasing big dollars that once seemed more like small change. According to Sports Business Journal, sports has risen to sixth place among American industries, trailing only real estate, retail, health care, banking and transportation. More



Near Field Communication: A game changer in event technology
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With more and more smartphones coming out equipped with Near Field Communication chips, or NFC, more people are getting aware of the existence of this promising technology. But only a few actually know what exactly NFC is and that it can be used for many things — including events. Event organizers can be pleased with the great possibilities that NFC offers for events. Some events already use smart wristbands and badges with NFC mostly for entry management and attendee interaction, but with the spread of NFC capable smartphones, they'll be obsolete. More

New sports complex could revitalize Elkhart, Ind.
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It's a phrase we're hearing more in cities around the country. It's called "sports travel tourism." That's where communities build a sports complex or athletic facility that becomes a destination, where folks stay and spend money, boosting the local economy. A study will soon begin in Elkhart, Ind., to see if such a facility could be feasible on the city's north side. "We want to understand who the users of this might be, and if this is an area that could be competitive for a facility like that," said Mike Huber of the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau. More


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