The city of Knoxville, Tennessee, has been designated the host city for the 2019 National Association of Sports Commissions Sports Event Symposium, which will be held May 6-9, 2019.

The symposium is renowned for connecting leaders in the sports tourism industry with event rights holders, industry partners, and venue managers from around the country and across the world. The symposium is the annual meeting of the NASC, the only nonprofit 501(c)(3) association for the sports events and tourism industry in the United States. Hundreds of sports tourism professionals and industry partners gather at the event each year to exchange time, resources, strategies, solutions and more.

“Sports Tourism is a growing market and to have NASC choose Knoxville is wonderful for our destination,” said Kim Bumpas, president of Visit Knoxville. “Being chosen for this event puts Knoxville on a national playing field with many other cities across the nation.”

The symposium features dozens of authentic education sessions, countless networking opportunities, and business development appointments in the NASC sports marketplace, all to help its members produce measurable return on investment for their organization, elevate their sports events, and improve the quality of life in their destinations.

“Visit Knoxville Sports Commission is excited to welcome the 2019 NASC Symposium to Knoxville and we look forward to partnering with all of our teammates at Play TN (a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to grow the Tennessee tourism industry) to show more than 1,000 sports tourism professionals an unforgettable event,” said Chad Culver, senior director of Visit Knoxville Sports Commission. “Hosting the symposium is an incredible honor for Knoxville as well as the entire state of Tennessee.”

Al Kidd, NASC president and CEO, echoes Culver’s thoughts.

“We are excited to bring our symposium to the heart of Tennessee,” Kidd said. “We look forward to bringing the leaders in sports events and tourism to such a vibrant sports city as Knoxville.”

About the National Association of Sports Commissions
As the only trade association for the sports tourism industry, the National Association of Sports Commissions is the most trusted resource for sports commissions, destination marketing organizations, and sports event owners. The NASC is committed to the success of more than 700 member organizations and 2,000 sports event professionals. For more information, visit