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Meet the average tourist from 9 countries
Business Insider
Australian tourists are relatively rich, Chinese tourists are relatively young, and Japanese tourists really like packaged tours. These are just some of the trends observed in the latest data on visitors to the United States from the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries. Overall, 66.7 million visitors from around the world spent $165.6 billion in the U.S. in 2012.
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New webinars added to summer series schedule
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We have a lot of great webinars lined up for you this summer and space is quickly filling up. Be sure to check out the updated schedule and register today. Whether you are looking for information on how to best structure a state association or tips to better service sporting events in your city, we've got you covered! Elizabeth Young, Director of Membership & Marketing, will also be hosting a member orientation webinar to explain how you can become more involved in the NASC and all the services and benefits associated with your membership that you may not be aware of! Additionally, AGA Nation is hosting an event webinar to discuss a free opportunity for your organization to give back to your community. Register now.
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Massive, 1,200-acre sports complex opens in Georgia
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution via Athletic Business
LakePoint Sporting Community, a more than 1,200-acre tournament and entertainment complex near Atlanta will hold its first baseball and lacrosse events in June. One part, a cable-pulled wakeboard park that developers tout as the nation's biggest, opened in early May. LakePoint also just hosted its first-ever dry land competition, sand-court volleyball. The goal is to capitalize on the seemingly unstoppable appeal of touring youth sports leagues that send kids on journeys across a few counties or even a few states for weekend tournaments.
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Talks on divvying up sin tax between Cleveland's stadiums on the horizon
The Plain Dealer
Ohio's Cuyahoga County Council will likely take up the business of divvying up revenue from the recently-renewed sin tax among Cleveland's three pro sports stadiums this July, according to council's point man on the issue. Voters in May approved a 20-year extension of the tax, which is estimated to raise at least $260 million.
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Want another Super Bowl? Build a stadium
ESPN
In the last five years, the NFL played its biggest game of the season in cold-weather locales such as New Jersey and Indianapolis, leaving warm-weather cities like San Diego, Miami and Los Angeles out in the cold. NFL owners recently awarded the 2018 Super Bowl to another cold-weather location -- Minneapolis. The league's reasoning is simple: Reward those NFL cities for investing in new stadiums, while local governments in places like San Diego and Miami work to build enough momentum to get new projects completed.
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Texas community finds silver lining in news of stadium's closure
The Dallas Morning News
Structural problems with the $60 million Eagle Stadium are sending the Texas state champion Allen football team on the road for the entire next season, but many in the community are looking on the bright side. Parent Mark Kapocsi said, "We understand it's a problem, but for us it's actually going to be a benefit because we're going to be able to sit together at every game, just like we've done at every away game for the last four or five years," Kapocsi said.
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Meet the average tourist from 9 countries
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Australian tourists are relatively rich, Chinese tourists are relatively young, and Japanese tourists really like packaged tours. These are just some of the trends observed in the latest data on visitors to the United States from the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries.

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The quest for sponsorships
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If you are of a certain age, you probably remember weekend afternoons in front of the TV set, watching Chris Schenkel call the Professional Bowlers Association tournament of the week.

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Bidders for 2022 Winter Games are melting away
The New York Times
As if the Winter Olympics did not have enough existential problems with concern about rising temperatures and melting glaciers, it now seems that nobody is much interested in staging them even while the planet still has snow.

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Washington joins tribe to develop 1,300-acre park in mountain's foothills
The Oregonian
Washington will develop a new 1,300-acre state park in the Mount Rainier foothills, about a 2.5-hour drive north of Portland/Vancouver. The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Nisqually Indian Tribe recently signed a partnership agreement for the collaborative development of Nisqually State Park.
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Ohio sports complex could bring in $32 million
Cincinnati Enquirer
Picture about $32 million slipping through your fingers each year you have to turn down sports organizations that pick your community for athletic events. Phil Smith, president and CEO of Ohio's Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau, thinks he's found a way to plug that hole. He's got his eye on 54 acres in Lebanon that officials say could provide a gold mine in economic impact.
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Longtime Texas Stadium GM retiring from Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Morning News
Bruce Hardy, a Dallas Cowboys executive and longtime Texas Stadium general manager, is stepping down after 30 years and more than 1,200 games and events. The 67-year-old turned Texas Stadium into a concert venue for music's biggest stars and also helped make it an attainable dream for a generation of high school football players. Although Hardy has enjoyed the glamorous life, he said he'll miss high school football the most.
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