As a consultant in the sport feasibility industry, I attended the 22nd annual National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) Symposium recently held in Oklahoma City, OK. The symposium brought together events rights holders and sport governing bodies with sports commissions and conventions and visitors bureaus. The state of the travel sports industry is trending positive although there are challenges. Of note is the increased reliance on rebates and commissions for tournament lodging accommodations. “Stay to Play” is becoming more commonplace. The main take-away is that the relationship between hoteliers and event rights holders needs to be more athletic/attendee-focused.
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July 1, 2019
Michigan’s economy is growing again, and Grand Rapids is leading the way. Since 2009, Grand Rapids has had the fastest growing regional economy in the state, increasing 29.2% to $58 billion, according to Michigan-based Bridge Magazine. The Metro Grand Rapids area has also been recognized as one of the fastest growing economies in the country.READ MORE