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EsportsTravel Summit

Network and conduct business with esports organizations and destination/hospitality industry professionals at the only event focused on the travel side of the esports industry.

ABOUT ESPORTSTRAVEL SUMMIT

The 2021 EsportsTravel Summit will be held August 10–12, 2021, in Pittsburgh. To read more, click here.

Welcome to the vanguard of the sports-event industry. Welcome to the EsportsTravel Summit!

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The 2022 EsportsTravel Summit will be held June 21–22, 2022, in Daytona Beach, Florida. To read more, click here.

 

PRESENTED BY:

HOSTED BY:

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Thank you to our 2020 EsportsTravel Summit Sponsors

SportsPittsburghDaytonaBeachB

NEWASMGlobalNEWVisitAnaheim

NEWRaleighGRSANEWInBloomington

SnohomisSCANEWPopulous

AquimoDSC

TripMateAtlantic City Sports Comm Logo

Event Connect

 

ACCORDING TO GOLDMAN SACHS, THE GLOBAL ESPORTS AUDIENCE WILL GROW FROM 194 MILLION PEOPLE NOW TO 276 MILLION IN 2022!



WHO WILL ATTEND?

WHO WILL ATTEND?

A mix of esports executives, esports tournament organizers and destination/hospitality industry professionals.

THE ESPORTS MARKET

THE ESPORTS MARKET

Live video-game events are maturing into a powerhouse for the travel industry.

NOTE: Below is the 2020 EsportsTravel Summit agenda. The 2021 EsportsTravel Summit Agenda will be posted here soon.

Day 1

9:15 a.m.
Arrivals Lounge
9:30 a.m.
Welcome to the EsportsTravel Virtual Summit
9:40 a.m.
PANEL: Esports Transforms a Destination: Arlington
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Esports Stadium Arlington is a case study of how to transform an existing venue into one that can be leader in the esports space. In this session, learn behind-the-scenes details of how the project came together and how it was executed. 

 

Neil Leibman, Co-Owner, President and COO, Texas Rangers
Brian Mirakian/Populous
Jonathon Oudthone/Esports Stadium Arlington
Jeff Williams/Mayor of Arlington, Texas

10:10 a.m.
E-TALK: The Great Governing Body Debate: Who Will Control Esports?
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While the International Olympic Committee has studied and is considering a future with esports at the Olympic Games, several groups are positioning themselves to be the national governing body and international federation that could one day govern the sport. Hear from one of those leaders on the worldwide esports movement. 

 

Vlad Marinescu/U.S. Esports Federation, International Esports Federation

10:30 a.m.
Organizational Updates
More Detail

These updates from esports-organization executives will include reports on the status of their organizations and their events in the year to come. These rapid-fire presentations will provide you with insider knowledge on a wide range of esports organizations at all levels of the industry from amateur to professional.

11:00 a.m.
Networking Break
11:10 a.m.
Expo Appointments 1-6
11:10 a.m.
Esports 101: Understanding the Market
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If your destination is just getting involved in esports, learn the basics on how the industry differs from traditional sports, who the key players are, where to begin and how other cities have approached the space. In this informative session, you’ll hear how esports work and learn about the economic impact that esports events can have on a destination. Get a chance to ask the questions you’ve been meaning to ask and hear answers from experts who have successfully jumped in and navigated the space. 

 

Ed Tomasi/Subnation
Kim Meltzer/Destination Esports

12:10 p.m.
E-CHAT: Franchising and Localization: The Post-Pandemic Outlook
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Before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, professional leagues were having success moving to a franchise model with teams playing in home venues in front of local crowds. With leagues forced to make the move back online in 2020, what does the future hold for this model and will there be continued growth in new markets looking to host new teams in new venues?

 

Chris Overholt/OverActive Media
Brett Diamond/WISE Venues Esports
Moderator: Jason Gewirtz/SportsTravel

12:40 p.m.
Expo Appointments 7-11
1:30 p.m.
Departures Lounge
More Detail

Join us as we wrap up the day and preview tomorrow’s program at the EsportsTravel Virtual Summit. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in Round 1 of the two-round EsportsTravel Summit Virtual Golf Tournament, playing for prize packages courtesy of the Atlantic City Sports Commission and SportsPITTSBURGH. 

The Departures Lounge will provide an opportunity to continue networking with fellow attendees, particularly those with whom you did not set a pre-scheduled appointment or those with whom you wish to chat again.


Day 2

9:15 a.m.
Arrivals Lounge
9:30 a.m.
Welcome to the EsportsTravel Virtual Summit
9:40 a.m.
PANEL: DEI and the Future of Esports
More Detail

Diversity, equity and inclusion issues are finding their way into the esports conversation as the industry continues its growth and evolution. This is playing out in significant ways in the nations HBCUs, where a new infrastructure for leagues and events is forming that may have an impact on the industry overall in years to come.

 

Marc Williams/The Yard: HBCU Esports Alliance
Rod Chappell/The Yard: HBCU Esports Alliance
Keshia Walker/Black Collegiate Gaming Association
Moderator: Jason Gewirtz/SportsTravel

10:10 a.m.
E-TALK: The Future of the Events Industry
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The travel and hospitality industry has experienced cataclysmic upheaval as the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people travel, meet and play. In this E-Talk, you’ll hear from U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow on how the industry has responded to the crisis, what key things need to happen next in the industry’s recovery, and the role that esports and sports-related travel will play in reviving the hotel and travel industry as well as the nation’s economy.

 

Roger Dow/U.S. Travel

10:30 a.m.
Organizational Updates
More Detail

These updates from esports-organization executives will include reports on the status of their organizations and their events in the year to come. These rapid-fire presentations will provide you with insider knowledge on a wide range of esports organizations at all levels of the industry from amateur to professional.



11:00 a.m.
Networking Break
11:10 a.m.
Expo Appointments 12-17
11:10 a.m.
Esports 201: Ready to Travel: Esports Fans and Live Events
More Detail

New research is proving that not only are esports finding new fans during the pandemic, but that those fans will be eager to travel—including overnight—when live events come back in earnest. In this informative session, hear the latest research and trends that give esports organizations and destinations hope for a robust future ahead.

 

Tyler Othen/CSL
Nicole Pike/YouGuv
Moderator: Jason Gewirtz/SportsTravel

12:10 p.m.
E-CHAT: The Sponsorship Landscape for Esports Tournaments and Events
More Detail

With so many events being put on hold or postponed during 2020, there is a new dynamic at play when it comes to esports sponsorship, both from the event-rightsholder perspective and the sponsor perspective. In this session, learn how esports organizations and event organizers should be working with their sponsors given the current landscape as well as effective sponsorship retention strategies.

 

Joe Barnes/Anheuser-Busch InBev
Nathan Lindberg/Twitch
Chris Mann/Subnation

12:40 p.m.
Expo Appointments 18-22
1:30 p.m.
Departures Lounge
More Detail

Join us as we wrap up the day’s programming at the EsportsTravel Virtual Summit. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in the final round of the EsportsTravel Summit Virtual Golf Tournament, playing for prize packages courtesy of the Atlantic City Sports Commission and SportsPITTSBURGH. 

The Departures Lounge will provide an opportunity to continue networking with fellow attendees, particularly those with whom you did not set a pre-scheduled appointment or those with whom you wish to chat again.

Details on 2021 EsportsTravel Summit Presenters will be posted here soon.

PARTICIPATE IN THE DESTINATION & SUPPLIER MARKETPLACE

Destination, hotel and other supplier representatives will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with esports tournament and event organizers during the Destination & Supplier Marketplace at the EsportsTravel Summit. 

Destination & Supplier Marketplace Participants at the 2020 EsportsTravel Summit include:

  • AccorHotels
  • Arlington Sports Commission
  • ASM Global
  • Atlantic CIty Sports Commission
  • Auburn-Opelika Tourism
  • Bloomington MN CVB
  • Boise Centre
  • Chicago Southland CVB
  • City of Rock Hill PRT
  • Coastal Mississippi
  • Dallas Sports Commission
  • Daytona Beach CVB & Ocean Center
  • Experience Columbia SC Sports
  • Explore Branson
  • EventConnect
  • Fort Worth Sports Commission
  • Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance
  • Group Housing Travel
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB
  • Harris County Houston Sports Authority
  • Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce & CVB
  • Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
  • Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
  • Louisville Sports Commission
  • Meet Chicago Northwest
  • Memphis Sports Council
  • Oklahoma City CVB
  • Orange County Sports Commission
  • Populous
  • Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority
  • Snohomish County Sports Commission
  • Saint Charles Convention Center
  • SportsPittsburgh
  • SportsTravel
  • The Westin Los Angeles
  • Trip Mate
  • Valley Forge Sports
  • Visit Colorado Springs
  • Visit El Paso
  • Visit Glendale
  • Visit Milwaukee
  • Visit Mobile
  • Visit Phoenix
  • Weldon, Williams & Lick
  • Wilmington and Beaches CVB

 

BECOME A SPONSOR

Enterprise Package

WHY YOU SHOULD SPONSOR AND PARTICIPATE IN THE ESPORTSTRAVEL SUMMIT

The EsportsTravel Summit is the only event focused on the travel side of the esports business. A Sponsorship Package provides your organization with the opportunity to increase exposure among decision makers who are organizing and hosting esports events. This is your chance to drive results by tapping into the esports market—the next generation of sporting events.

    For more information on the Destination & Supplier Marketplace and on sponsorship opportunities—which can include your registration and Marketplace participation—please contact Timothy Schneider.

     

    SUMMIT PARTICIPANTS

    Participants at the 2020 EsportsTravel Summit include:

    • AccorHotels
    • AllMid
    • Andromeda Consultants Ltd
    • Anheuser-Busch
    • Arkansas Tourism
    • Arlington Sports Commission
    • ASM Global
    • Atlantic City Sports Commission
    • Auburn-Opelika Tourism
    • Black Collegiate Gaming Association
    • Black Nerd Swag
    • Bloomington CVB
    • Boise Centre
    • Branson Chamber and CVB
    • Bureau des Congrès Lac-Saint-Jean
    • Carcade
    • Chattanooga Sports
    • Chicago Southland CVB
    • City of Longview
    • City of Rock Hill PRT
    • City of St. Petersburgh
    • Coastal Mississippi
    • CSL International
    • Dallas Sports Commission
    • Daytona Beach Area CVB
    • Detailed Meetings, Inc.
    • Drone Racing League
    • EJP Events
    • Electronic Arts (EA)
    • Electronic Gaming Federation
    • Esports Awards Ltd.
    • Esports Circus
    • Esports Engine
    • Esports Summer Camp
    • Event Connect
    • Eventpro Productions, Incentives & Hospitality
    • Experience Columbia SC Sports
    • Experience Scottsdale
    • Fort Worth Sports Commission
    • Gacucon LLC "The Game Cruise"
    • GamberJibe
    • Gen.G
    • Gravitesports
    • Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB
    • Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance
    • GroupHousing Travel
    • Harris County-Houston Sports Authority
    • HBCU Esports Alliance
    • HelmsBriscoe
    • Hilton Hotels of San Francisco Union Square
    • HPN Global
    • International Esports Federation
    • Island Officials
    • Kissimmee Sports Commission
    • Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce & CVB
    • Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
    • Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau
    • Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
    • Lost Tribe Esports
    • Louisville Sports Commission
    • Louisville Tourism
    • Lubbock Sports
    • Major League Soccer
    • Maritz
    • MCM Family of Hotels
    • Meet Chicago Northwest
    • Meeting Your Needs LLC
    • Memphis Sports Council
    • Memphis Tourism
    • Metta Sports
    • Military Gaming League
    • MN Sports and Events
    • Monroe-West Monroe CVB
    • Myrtle Beach Regional Sports Alliance
    • Myrtle Beach Sports Center
    • National Association of Collegiate Esports
    • National Junior College Athletic Association Esports
    • Navarro Accounting & Consulting
    • Nerd Street Gamers
    • NHS Sports and Team Travel LLC
    • North American Scholastic Esports Federation
    • Oklahoma City CVB
    • One Connection Management Group
    • Orange County Sports Commission
    • OverActive Media
    • PHL Sports, a Division of the Philadelphia CVB
    • Play All Gaming
    • PRA
    • PrideStark Entertainment and Gaming
    • PRIME Professional Events
    • Prospects by Sports Illustrated
    • Radisson Hotel Group
    • Raise Your Game Esports
    • Red Roof
    • Reset Gaming
    • Riot Games
    • Rise Above the Disorder
    • ROI Co-Labs Foundation
    • Sacramento Sports Commission
    • Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority
    • SITE
    • Snohomish County Sports Commission
    • Spectra-Saint Charles Convention Center
    • SportsPITTSBURGH
    • Spurs Sports & Entertainment
    • Super League Gaming
    • The Westin Los Angeles
    • The Yard: HBCU Esports Alliance
    • Tourney Kings
    • Tribu Expérientiel
    • Trip Mate
    • Unified Collegiate Esports Association
    • United Gaming League
    • United Soccer League
    • United States eSports Federation
    • USesports
    • Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board
    • Varsity Esports Foundation
    • Version1, WISE Ventures Esports
    • Visit Colorado Springs
    • Visit El Paso
    • Visit Glendale
    • Visit Milwaukee
    • Visit Mobile
    • Visit Orlando
    • Visit Phoenix
    • Waveform Entertainment
    • Weldon, Williams & Lick
    • Whole Foods Magazine
    • Wilmington and Beaches CVB
    • WTVision


    For more information on the Destination & Supplier Marketplace and on sponsorship opportunities—which can include your registration and Marketplace participation—please contact Timothy Schneider.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

    Esports Organizer Contact:

    Nicole Goddeyne

    Event Organizer Liaison

    [email protected]

    Supplier Contacts:

    Timothy Schneider

    Founder & Chairman, Sports Division

    [email protected]

     

    Pete Ciriello

    Business Development Director, Sports Division: AL, AZ, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WV

    [email protected]

     

    Michelle Lupo

    Business Development Manager, Sports Division: AK, AR, CA, CO, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, ND, OH, OR, SD, UT, WA, WI, WY, Canada, Caribbean

    [email protected]

    Event Logistics Contact:

    Beth Dean

    Event Director, Sports Division

    [email protected]