17 Sports Tourism Trends for 2017

17 Sports Tourism Trends for 2017

By Dawn Reiss, January 30, 2017

14. Geofencing. Sporting events are trending toward geofencing—where a virtual border is created to tell when a mobile phone enters or leaves a sporting event. Hamm uses the example of a Washington Wizards game, where planners can use the event hashtag and other social media platforms like Snapchat and Instagram to reach audiences.

15. Seniors staying strong. Event communities are trying to attract and bring in seniors, especially with fitness programs that will reach locals, Schumacher says. Think pickleball, tennis, cycling, running and swimming. “The boomers are a good part of the reason,” he says. “They are generally physically active and more patient than the average millennial.”

16. Host cities must know laws. “Major event rights holders have become more sensitive to social issues that may impact their athletes and fans,” Hawkins says. As a result, she says DMOs are taking on the responsibility to ensure lawmakers understand the possible ramifications of certain legislation and work with political consultants to modify or stop bills from proceeding

17. People want to play. “Participation rates are continuing to grow,” Barclay says. “Some organizers are forecasting double-digit growth rates, particularly in emerging sports and premier national providers.”

Holly Anderson, a key player in the sports tourism industry for more than a decade, has been promoted to lead Connect Sports.

Connect Sports and SportsPittsburgh and proud to announced the 2019 Game Changers—event professionals who continue to drive sports tourism forward.

U.S. Figure Skating is currently seeking proposals to host its 2021 Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships. RFPs are due Sept. 30.

Legendary triathlete and coach Siri Lindley will discuss her experiences and insight at Connect Sports as part of the speaker showcase.

Interim Director Craig Campbell says St. Pete/Clearwater Sports & Events is turning its focus to the community’s No. 1 resource: the beach.

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