新疆35选7历史号码 www.d02r.cn The first-ever Sports Travel Forum in Washington, D.C., November 14-15 welcomed more than 100 attendees representing professional sports teams, sports commissions, venues,?lodging, destinations?and?entertainment. The event hosted outstanding discussions on the topic that is?growing in relevance across the country—the?intersection of travel and sports.?
Key Takeaways Include:?
- Global sports fans = new international travelers.?The NBA has been building its presence in China for many years. This generates new players and fans abroad who want to visit the U.S. and see their favorite?athletes. A good example: The large contingent of Chinese fans who traveled to witness Kobe Bryant’s last professional game.?
- New arenas create new attractions.?Sports facilities can transform?overlooked neighborhoods?into destination attractions.??Before the?opening?of?Nationals?Park or Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., there was?little reason?for travelers to visit?those?neighborhoods. Now,?they are?the fastest-developing?neighborhoods in?D.C.—another?great reason for teams and travel leaders to partner together.?
- Sports draw a different kind of visitor.??Sports?attract?new people to?new?destinations. Places?like?Las?Vegas, NV?haven’t had the opportunity to draw sports fans?on a regular basis. They do now with the?opening of T-Mobile Arena and, soon, the new Raiders stadium.?Travel leaders are also leveraging new arenas to?create?more?reasons?for meeting?planners to book conferences and trade shows in their destinations.?
- The?future is?evolving.?We cannot underestimate the?impact of the eSports phenomenon and gaming technologies on traditional sports viewership and participation—and even?how elite athletes take performance training to new levels.?Download?Delaware North’s report,?Future of Sports, for a deeper look into the changing landscape of the sports industry.?
Sports franchises and destinations are teaming up to convert visitors to fans from around the world. In 2018, more than 20 professional sports teams exhibited at IPW, U.S. Travel's premier international inbound travel marketplace where they met face-to-face with tour operators who are selling the U.S. to ensure their product is included in future itineraries.
Questions? contact Malcolm Smith, senior vice president, business development and general manager, IPW [email protected].