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Speaker Series: The Next Normal for Sports Events and Tourism

The Buffalo Sports Commission Presents a Speaker Series Virtual Event:

A Conversation with Al Kidd
The Next Normal for Sports Events and Tourism

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 • 3:00pm

Visit Buffalo Niagara and the Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission presents The Next Normal for Sports Events and Tourism.

Following COVID-19 shut downs, several difficult weeks in quarantine, and impactful budget cuts it’s hard to imagine what the future of sporting events might look like. With every state at different re-opening stages, what changes can you expect and will they continue? How can you show your community the value of sports? Join Sports ETA president and CEO, Al Kidd, as he provides answers to these questions and shares an update on the sports events and tourism industry.

Registration for this virtual event is required through the form below and there is no fee to attend. Once you have registered, an invite to the virtual event will be emailed to you.


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Admittance is limited to 100 attendees! Please RSVP as soon as possible and secure your spot by completing the registration form below. Contact Lauren Vargo at 716-961-8821 with any questions. See you on September 29th!

Presenter information:Al Kidd

Al Kidd is the President & CEO of the Sports Events & Tourism Association (Sports ETA). He joined Sports ETA in April 2017, bringing more than 35 years of advertising, sales, marketing, venture capital investing, risk management, executive leadership and non-profit experience to his role with the association.

Kidd manages the strategic and financial direction at Sports ETA, while overseeing events, education, marketing and communications, membership, and sponsorship. Since joining Sports ETA, Kidd has repositioned and rebranded the association establishing a more inclusive brand to lead the sports events and tourism industry and its membership. He has also implemented a new strategic plan, 2020 Vision, to advance the future of sports tourism.

Kidd serves on the board of directors for USA Fencing, and the International Association of Event Hosts (IAEH).


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