Hosted by Meet AC and the Atlantic City Sports Commission, the Summit will
Focus on the Growing Impact of Esports Events on Destinations and Venues


ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (January 16, 2019) The 2019 EsportsTravel Summit—the only event of its kind for esports tournament and event organizers—will be held June 25-27 in Atlantic City. Presented by SportsTravel magazine, the EsportsTravel Summit is being hosted by Meet AC and the Atlantic City Sports Commission with support from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) and INGAME.

The EsportsTravel Summit is the only business conference that focuses exclusively on the phenomenal growth of esports and video-game competitions and how the travel industry can profit from it. The Summit facilitates partnerships between esports organizations and the destination/hospitality industry while providing educational programming and multiple business networking opportunities.

“We are truly excited to partner with Meet AC and the Atlantic City Sports Commission given their commitment to positioning Atlantic City as a hub for esports tournaments and events,” said Timothy Schneider, founder of the EsportsTravel Summit and chairman of the Sports Division of Northstar Travel Group, which publishes SportsTravel magazine and also organizes the annual TEAMS Conference & Expo. “Destinations, venues and suppliers who want to understand esports and grow relationships in this rapidly expanding market should make plans now to attend the EsportsTravel Summit in Atlantic City,” said Schneider.

“We are thrilled to host the 2019 EsportsTravel Summit in Atlantic City. By hosting this high-caliber event, it will help guide the future growth of esports tournaments and events in our destination,” said Jim Wood, president and CEO for Meet AC and the Atlantic City Sports Commission.

The EsportsTravel Summit was launched in conjunction with the TEAMS Conference & Expo in Orlando in 2017 and was held as a stand-alone event for the first time in July 2018 in Las Vegas. The Summit has achieved success by filling an information vacuum that exists for both organizers of esports events and those in the travel and tourism industry who want to understand and profit from the esports phenomenon. Globally, the number of esports enthusiasts is estimated at 191 million people–and growing. Just as the major sports leagues have identified esports as the best way to engage with the next generation of fans, visionary venues, destinations and sports organizations can leverage esports tournaments and events to attract the next generation of visitors and followers.

“Esports has the potential to become the future of spectator sports,” said Casino Reinvestment Development Authority Executive Director Matt Doherty. “Hosting the EsportsTravel Summit this June will position Atlantic City as a hub for esports tournaments and events.”

The EsportsTravel Summit is being scheduled to conclude just as the Drone Expo International (DEI) begins at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Summit attendees will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes of the Drone Expo and will be among the first to see a demonstration race staged by DEI’s new international drone-racing league. Registration for the EsportsTravel Summit will also include a one-day exhibit hall pass for the Drone Expo. For more information on the EsportsTravel Summit, please visit


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About Northstar Travel Group
Northstar Travel Group is the owner of well-known brands including Travel Weekly, TravelAge West, Business Travel News, Successful Meetings, Meetings & Conventions, Travel Weekly China, Incentive, M&C China and SportsTravel. The company produces the annual TEAMS Conference & Expo and more than 50 face-to-face events in 13 countries in retail travel, corporate travel, travel technology and the meetings industry. In addition, Northstar owns Phocuswright, the leading research, business intelligence and event producer serving the fastest growing segment of the travel industry, online travel distribution. Northstar is also the majority shareholder in Inntopia, the leading SaaS e-commerce software provider serving the mountain destination, activities and specialty destination travel markets.

About Meet AC
Meet AC, Inc. is a 501(c)(6) organization formed and funded as a public-private partnership by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) to create economic development through conventions, sporting events, film production and group tourism.  Meet AC focuses on three primary objectives: sales, marketing and services.

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About the Atlantic City Sports Commission
The Atlantic City Sports Commission was officially formed on January 13, 2015 as a 501 (c)(3) organization with the support of Meet AC and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) to attract sporting events, conventions and competitions to Atlantic City.

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About Spectra
Spectra is an industry leader in hosting and entertainment, partnering with clients to create memorable experiences for millions of visitors every year. Spectra’s unmatched blend of integrated services delivers incremental value for clients through several primary areas of expertise: Venue Management, Food Services & Hospitality, and Partnerships. Learn more at

About the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority

The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents since 1984.  Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, the Authority's mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state's key economic development agency for Atlantic City.  CRDA's expanded responsibilities now include land use regulation, tourism marketing and clean and safe initiatives. The CRDA also oversees Historic Boardwalk Hall (the leading entertainment venue of its size in the country) and the Atlantic City Convention Center.  In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide, of which $1.8 billion has been invested in Atlantic City, spurring business investments and expansions, and creating permanent jobs in the process. For more information about CRDA and our projects, visit  Follow us on Facebook at, and Twitter at


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Media Contacts:
Jessica Kasunich/Meet AC

Timothy Schneider/Northstar Travel Group