Release Date: January 14,2022

Akron BMX & Sports Alliance of Greater Akron Honored as 2020-2021 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism

AKRON, OHIO: Sports Destination Management, the leading publication with the largest circulation of sports event planners and tournament directors in the sports tourism market, has announced the 2020-2021 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism, presented by Traveling Teams (http://travelingteams.com/). This year’s winners are responsible for contributing a more-than-welcome boost of over $400 million to the national economy over the past year.

Among the winners were 2020 USA BMX Gold Cup Championships Northeast’s hosts: Akron BMX and Sports Alliance of Greater Akron - powered by: Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). The October 1 -4 , 2020 event generated $700,000.00 in economic impact to the local economy with expenditures on lodging, dining, retail and entertainment.

“Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, Akron BMX was able to successfully host the 2020 USA BMX Gold Cup Championships Northeast in Akron. Hosting this prestigious national event allowed the Akron BMX team to showcase their national-caliber course, and for the Akron/Summit CVB to highlight the community’s diverse and inviting amenities to the 1,400 athletes, family members and spectators. With COVID-19 protocols in place, the racers were able to demonstrate their commitment to personal excellence and the gratification of healthy competition,” states Jim Mahon, Vice President of Marketing & Brand Management for the Akron/Summit CVB.

About Sports Alliance of Greater Akron: www.playakron.com

About Sports Destination Management: Sports Destination Management is written for the largest audience of sports event managers and tournament directors in the sports tourism market and maintains 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.