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Detroit To Host TEAMS '12 Conference & Expo
SportsTravel magazine selects America's resurgent automotive capital as host city for the world's largest gathering of sports-event organizers

Los Angeles (January 23, 2012) – The TEAMS Conference & Expo, organized by SportsTravel magazine, announced today that TEAMS '12 will be held in Detroit. TEAMS—Travel, Events And Management in Sports—is the world's largest gathering for the sports-event industry. Hosted by the Detroit Sports Commission and the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau in partnership with Michigan Sports, TEAMS '12 will be held October 1-4 at the Cobo Conference & Exhibition Center.

"We are pleased to be selected as the host city for this year's TEAMS Conference," said Dave Beachnau, executive director of the Detroit Sports Commission. "TEAMS will allow us to showcase our city to event organizers from all types of sports organizations and to leverage the tremendous success of our sports commission."

Detroit, the first city in the nation to establish a convention bureau, also has a long tradition as an American sports mecca and is home to teams from all four of the top professional leagues.

"Dave Beachnau and his team at Detroit Sports have been stalwarts among the sports commissions in the country in establishing 'The D' as a sports-friendly destination," said Timothy Schneider, publisher of SportsTravel . "As an event organizer, there's an automatic comfort level with a city that's hosted the Super Bowl, the Final Four and the Major League Baseball All-Star Game—all since 2005."

Sixty percent of the U.S. population lives within a 90-minute flight of Detroit, which has been experiencing a resurgence with the recent successes of the Big Three automakers headquartered there and initiatives to grow the green tech and medical research industries.

"The city of Detroit is built on the themes of renewal, reinvention and renaissance and we look forward to embracing those themes at this year's TEAMS Conference," said Lisa Furfine, associate publisher of SportsTravel and manager of the TEAMS Conference & Expo. "Our attendees can expect to experience Motown's musical culture as well as its incredible sports and events infrastructure."

The Cobo Center, a 2.4 million-square-foot facility is managed by long-time TEAMS sponsor SMG. The Cobo Center, which recently completed the early phases of an extensive expansion project, is the site of the annual North American International Auto Show. Earlier this month, the Cobo Center earned its certification from the Michigan Energy Office as a green venue—the largest facility in the state to earn the certification.

"We look forward to welcoming the TEAMS '12 Conference & Expo to Cobo Center," said Thom Connors, SMG regional vice-president and general manager of Cobo Center. "It will be a tremendous opportunity for us to educate event organizers about the transformation that's occurring at Cobo Center and in Metro Detroit."

Additional information on the TEAMS Conference & Expo is available at www.TEAMSconference.com or by calling toll-free (877) 577-3700.
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TEAMS: Travel, Events And Management in Sports is the annual conference and trade show for the global sports-event and travel industries. Established in 1998, TEAMS is the world's largest gathering of sports-event organizers. TEAMS is owned by Los Angeles-based Schneider Publishing, which publishes SportsTravel and Association News magazines. For more information on TEAMS '12, please visit TEAMSconference.com.

SportsTravel is the sports world's event magazine. Founded in 1997, SportsTravel was the first magazine to identify and serve the sports-related travel and event industry. Published 10 times a year, SportsTravel is the authoritative source of information for those responsible for deciding where sporting events are held and travel planning for sports-related groups. The readers of SportsTravel generate 47 million hotel room nights annually. For more information, visit the magazine's website at SportsTravelMagazine.com.

TEAMS, SportsTravel and Association News are registered trademarks of Schneider Publishing Company, Inc. For further information on advertising or sponsorship opportunities, please call toll-free (877) 577-3700 or +1 (310) 577-3700 if calling from outside the U.S.A.

For Further Press Information:
Lisa Furfine at (310) 577-3700