Salt Lake City Welcomes World’s Leading Conference & Expo For Sports-Event Industry

TEAMS Conference brings sports events right holders and communities together

SALT LAKE CITY (Oct. 31, 2013) – SportsTravel Magazine’s TEAMS (Travel, Events And Management in Sports) Conference and Expo lands in Salt Lake City November 4-7. Presented by SportsTravel magazine and hosted by the Utah Sports Commission and Visit Salt Lake, the gathering is an annual conference and trade show for the sports event and travel industries providing a platform for leading experts in the sports industry to share the latest inside information. More than 800 sports-events suppliers, destinations and other sports industry professionals are attending the 4-day event to share ideas and build valuable relationships.

Sport Events Rights Holders attend the conference looking for host cities for their events, and the Sports Commission’s and Convention and Visitor’s Bureaus are searching for sporting events to provide economic impact and enhanced quality of life to their communities. The conference provides a perfect environment for these two needs to come together.

According to Plunkett Research, the estimated size of the entire sport industry is estimated to be $425 billion making it one of the top ten largest industries in the United States. States and communities have recognized the impact that the sports industry can have on their economies, resulting in them expending considerable efforts recruiting sporting events and businesses.

“Sports are a key economic driver in Utah that have generated over $1.4 billion to the state’s economy since 2002, keeping Utah’s Olympic legacy alive and well,” said Jeff Robbins, president & CEO of the Utah Sports Commission. “This sports conference alone will bring an estimated $7.3 million to Utah’s economy.”

The conference provides attendees a first-hand experience of Salt Lake City’s hospitality, its close proximity to the airport, its top rated transportation system, and some of Utah’s world-class venues.

“We’re thrilled with the opportunity to host TEAMS ’13 in Salt Lake and at the Salt Palace Convention Center,” said Scott Beck, president & CEO of Visit Salt Lake. “Showcasing our community and its incredible sporting infrastructure to such an influential group of decision-makers will surely have long-lasting benefits to Salt Lake and the state of Utah. Attendees will see firsthand why we were awarded the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, and all that has come since hosting that incredibly successful event.”

Headlining the program will be Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert, Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Bob Costas, 2012 Republican presidential nominee and SLOC President Mitt Romney. Both Costas and Romney are alumni of the TEAMS Conference, having appeared at TEAMS when it was held in Salt Lake City in 2001. Other guests include Bill Marolt, president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association; Stephen Miller, chief operating officer of Miller Sports Properties; Mark Lewis, the NCAA’s executive vice-president for championships and alliances; Mike Plant, vice-president of the Atlanta Braves; Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission; and Jerry Solomon, noted sports agent and CEO of StarGames.

Full program details can be found at www.teamsconference.com/conference-program.html

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About Schneider Publishing Company
Schneider Publishing Company is a publishing and information services company established in 1988 that offers a growing list of publications and services. They are the publishers of the Association News and SportsTravel magazines, and the organizers of the TEAMS Conference & Expo.


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