Sports Destination Management is proud to announce the 2018 “Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism” award winners. An overwhelming number of nominations was received, all of which represented a variety of sports. And despite the fact there was so much variance in the type of event and athletes served, all had the common denominator of playing a vital role in the local economies where the events were hosted. Some also represent innovative events, including home-grown competitions with benefits that go well beyond simple economic impact. All these winners represent the most notable success stories and illustrate quantifiable results from each of the event-destination partnerships. Working together, these event organizers and host destinations achieved outstanding economic impact, an exceptional experience for athletes and spectators, media attention to the destination and much more.