2015 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism

Birmingham, AL – Sports Destination Management, the leading publication for sports event planners and tournament directors, today announced the 2015 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism. This year’s winners are responsible for contributing over $100 million to the national economy over the past year.


Nominations were from an enormous variety of sports – from team to individual, across all disciplines and all levels of play, said Publisher, Fonda Johnson. The most outstanding of those received were recognized and presented with event details in a special awards feature published in the November/December 2015 issue of Sports Destination Management. The entire article with full details on the winners listed below can also be found online at http://www.sportsdestinations. com/management/economics/2015- champions-economic-impact- sports-tourism-10249

Mid- to Large Market Champions:

Forrest Wood Cup & Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board
USSSA Fastpitch Eastern World Series,  MAASA – Mid Atlantic Amateur Sports Alliance & Maryland Sports/TEAM Maryland
Bassmaster Classic,  Visit Greenville SC & Visit Anderson
US Youth Soccer Region III Soccer Championships & Carolina Elite Soccer Academy
ASA USA Girl’s 18U Class A Fastpitch National Championship & Spartanburg Convention & Visitors Bureau
SAC Columbia Invitational & Maryland Sports/TEAM Maryland
USA BMX Grand Nationals & Tulsa Sports Commission
USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships & VISIT Milwaukee
US Youth Soccer Region IV Presidents Cup & Snohomish County Sports Commission
NSA Northern B Fastpitch World Series & Hamilton County Sports Commission

Small Market Champions:

American Taekwondo Association Class “A” Tournament & Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau
Queen of the Mountain Volleyball Tournament & Rocky Top Sports World
Dixie Boys Pre-Majors World Series & Washington County Tourist Development Council
U.S. Lawn Mower Racing & Foley Sports Tourism
Wildwood Games & Columbia County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Event Series: ISSA Senior Softball Championship Series

with partnering destinations: Tampa Bay, FL; Panama City, FL; Myrtle Beach, SC; Burlington NC; Manassas, VA; Charlotte, NC; Jacksonville, NC; Drifton PA; Maryville/Knoxville, TN; Sioux Falls, SD; Roanoke Valley, VA; Auburn, AL; Morgantown, WV; Crown Point, IN; Rockford, IL; Salisbury/Ocean City, MD; Cincinnati, OH; Virginia Beach; VA; Palm Springs, CA

Independent Event: Warrior AAA Invitational

About Sports Destination Management

Sports Destination Management is written for sports event managers and tournament directors with a focus on the important issues surrounding event location decisions and event management. With content from experts and thought leaders, SDM provides in-depth coverage of sports event planning and execution through incisive and relevant articles as well as insightful, real-world case studies showcasing best practices and successful event production.

In addition to the publication, SDM offers extensive digital resources through www.sportsdestinations.com and the e-newsletter SDM Blitz, both providing decision support tools for organizers to ensure successful events at all levels of play.

About Due North Media

Due North Media, a division of Due North Consulting, Inc., is a niche business-to-business publisher providing media services to executives within specialized vertical markets impacting economic development including corporate site selection, business development, market-to-market events and sports tourism via publications, digital media, qualified list marketing and custom publishing.

Founded in 2001, Due North Consulting, Inc. has helped niche marketers obtain their goals for nearly a decade and a half. The principals of the company have over 40 years of business-to-business advertising and marketing experience. It has been their mission to serve readers, clients and employees with integrity, humility and a continuing quest for the achievement of excellence.