NASC Sports Event Symposium
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25th NASC Symposium
Chicago Southland CVB
2018 Symposium

Registration

When will registration open? What are the registration rates?

Registration and housing will open approximately six months in advance of the Symposium. Registration rates will be available at that time.

What does my registration fee include?

Full conference registration fees include access to all learning activities Monday through Thursday, admission to the NASC Sports Marketplace, and Opening and Closing Parties, and transportation to the Opening Party. Registered attendees will also receive access to available session handouts. Meals included are: breakfast on Tuesday, lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, food and beverage at the Opening and Closing party, and morning and afternoon beverages Tuesday through Thursday.

Who can attend the NASC Sports Event Symposium?

The NASC Sports Event Symposium is open to sport tourism organizations and professionals. Membership is required to take appointments in the NASC Sports Marketplace. NASC reserves the right to refuse ineligible registrations. Please do not hesitate to contact Member Services with any questions or concerns regarding this policy.

Will I receive a confirmation of my registration?

You will receive an email confirmation of your registration from NASC Member Services Department, (add info@sportscommissions.org to your safe senders list!). For registrations made with payment by check, please allow two weeks for processing; confirmation of registration will be sent via email immediately upon processing. If you do not receive confirmation after 30 days, please do not hesitate to contact the Member Services Department at info@sportscommissions.org.

Will I be refunded if I cancel my registration?

We'll be sorry that you won't be able to join us for this exceptional learning and networking experience! Our cancellation policy is as follows:

Destinations and Vendors
All registration cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing by March 9, 2018. A refund of the full conference fee, minus a $100 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations received by that date. No refunds will be granted for requests postmarked on or after March 9, 2018. Submit all requests via email at info@sportscommissions.org.

Event Owners
All cancellations must be made in writing by March 9, 2018. No penalties for cancellations or transfers received by that date. $200 penalty applies for requests postmarked on or after March 9, 2018. $650 penalty applies for no-shows. Submit all requests via email at info@sportscommissions.org.

No-Shows, Transfers & Substitutions
The NASC regrets that refunds will not be given for no-shows. Substitutions are gladly accepted. A substitution of your full registration is permitted prior to the Symposium by submitting a written request to info@sportscommissions.org. Onsite transfers must be accompanied by proof of the original confirmation letter. Only one substitution is permitted per original registrant. The individual submitting the substitution request is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with that substitution. 

Badge sharing, splitting, and reprints are strictly prohibited.

I am a member of the press — do you have press registration?

The NASC welcomes professional editorial staff (including photographers and camera crews) of print, online, and broadcast media to attend the NASC Sports Event Symposium on a complimentary basis. Other publications staff (non-editorial positions, such as publishers, advertising directors, and advertising representatives) may attend the Symposium only as a registered vendor and must pay all related fees. 

Members of the media interested and eligible to obtain press registrations should contact our Public Relations firm, Please contact Jackie Reau at jreau@gamedaypr.com to inquire about media passes.

Members of the media interested and eligible to obtain press registrations should contact our Public Relations firm, Please contact Jackie Reau at jreau@gamedaypr.com to inquire about media passes.

Hotel & Travel

What hotels have been reserved? What are the rates? Which is the headquarters hotel?

This year, there are a total of 2 hotels. Please refer to the Hotel & Travel page for host hotel information and rates.

When Can I make my hotel reservations?

Housing for the Symposium will open about 6 months in advance.

Will I receive a confirmation of my housing reservation?

A confirmation of your reservation will be sent to you via email within 72 hours of booking your reservation.

Are there any airfare discounts?

Everyone's looking to save a little money and stretch their dollar a bit further this year, so we're doing our best to help make that a possibility. Now you can get to the Symposium a little cheaper by taking advantage of these great cost-cutting offers. Please see the Air Transportation page for full details.

Will transportation be provided during the Symposium?

Complimentary transportation will be provided to off-site events including: Sports Legacy Fund Golf Outing, Community Service Project, Opening Party, and Closing Party. The host hotels are within walking distance to the Minneapolis Convention Center; therefore transportation will not be provided.

NASC Sports Marketplace

To view all FAQs about NASC Sports Marketplace Appointments, click here.

General

Will all conference programming be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center?

Most of the daily activities will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Locations for all off-site events are noted in the schedule.

How can I become a speaker at the Symposium?

The NASC Symposium Committee will be requesting proposals from speakers beginning in September. If you have specific questions about speaking opportunities, please email info@sportscommissions.org.

When will award recipients/CSEEs/board/etc. be recognized?

Tuesday's Opening General Session will feature presentations of awards, the 2017 class of CSEEs, the current NASC Board, and the incoming NASC Board

What should I bring?

The most important thing is business cards and plenty of them! Event owners and vendor exhibitors will need to bring items for their booth. Event owners should keep it simple – pens, notepad, table cover, etc. Vendor exhibitors should plan on taking full advantage of the opportunity to promote their brand with a complete display and booth set up. Everyone should bring an open mind and a willingness to learn!

What activities should I attend?

It is recommended that everyone attend as much as possible. The NASC Sports Event Symposium is planned and executed by your peers in the industry. Great care and consideration is taken to create a program that provides maximum personal and professional development, networking, and new business development as well as plenty of time for checking emails, touching base with work and family, etc. If this is your first Symposium, be sure to include the Sport Tourism 101 and the First Time Attendee Reception on your to-do list. Be seen and be involved.

What should I expect?

Attendees should expect to gain knowledge in a variety of areas – both sports specific and non-sports specific – through targeted, impactful, and relevant education sessions. The NASC Sports Marketplace provides opportunities for attendees to create new business contacts and learn how to become partners in success. Attendees should also expect to have fun! The sport tourism industry is built on a spirit of hospitality and the Symposium carries that ideal throughout.

My question is not here! Who should I contact?

We’re sorry that we could not anticipate your needs.  Please email us at info@sportscommissions.org so we can assist you!

Palm Beach County Sports Commission

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