June 25 - 27, 2019
Atlantic City, New Jersey

The only event organized and produced exclusively for esports organizers, event-rights holders and destination/hospitality industry representatives.  


The explosive growth of esports and its impact on the travel industry will be discussed in a series of education sessions at the EsportsTravel Summit.

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About EsportsTravel Summit

The EsportsTravel Summit was launched in conjunction with the TEAMS Conference & Expo in Orlando in 2017. The Summit was an immediate success because it helped fill 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.

While video games have been around for more than 40 years, a transformation is occurring in the video-gaming space that will elevate the players above the games. Live events are becoming the ultimate forum for skill and achievement for players. And spectators are flocking to the live events because of their interest in the games and the rising prominence of the players. It is this transforma­tion that is creating many new opportunities, including record levels of investment in esports teams and the development of esports specific venues.

Just as the major sports leagues have identified esports as the best way to connect with the next generation of fans, visionary venues, destinations and sports organizations can leverage the esports phenomenon to attract the next generation of visitors and followers.  

The 2019 EsportsTravel Summit will be held June 25-27 in Atlantic City. The Summit's unique mission will be to continue to educate esports stakeholders on the nexus between venues, destinations, the travel industry and esports.

Welcome to the vanguard of the sports-event industry. Welcome to the EsportsTravel Summit!

Presented by:
Co-Creational Sponsors:
Premier Level Sponsors:

According to Goldman Sachs, the global esports audience will grow from 194 million people in 2019 to 276 million in 2022!


A mix of esports executives, esports tournament organizers and destination/hospitality industry professionals.


Live video-game events are maturing into a powerhouse for the travel industry.


"IPEC is THE event for both novice and experienced independent planners. Everyone is open to express their concerns and posing questions without worrying about 'the other side' and suppliers are truly interested in our positions and challenges, ergo the round table discussions, which are insightful and we learn from each other as well as suppliers. Our discussion on the RFP process helped me to reformulate my own forms and I believe this will result in more usable proposals. Thank YOU."

—Doris Mayer, Meetings Plus

"I applaud Northstar for caring enough about Independent Planners that they designed a meeting just for us. We are critical to the industry and have different needs than the other niche Planner demographics."

—Tess Vismale, iSocialExecution, Inc.

"In two short days IPEC accomplished two very important goals for me - it provided an intimate forum where I could meet with suppliers I've been interested in meeting; and just as importantly, it enabled me to network and share best practices with respected colleagues who do just what I do all across the country."

—Brett Sterenson, Hotel Lobbyists


Tom Boucher

Tom Boucher is a vice president in the Velocity B2B unit of CashStar. He brings 14 years of retail gift card experience and over 25 total years of retail experience. Most recently, Tom had full gift card program oversight while with Best Buy, building and managing Best Buy’s highly successful B2B gift card program.

Rhonda Brewer

Rhonda Brewer is the Vice President of Sales at BCD Meetings and Events. She brings more than 30 years of MICE experience including, project management, operations, business development, industry relations, strategy, communications, administration, business solutions, creative services, sales, marketing and leadership. 

Shelly Colla

Shelly Colla, National Sales Manager, Premium Incentive Group, Sony Electronics Inc. Shelly has worked with Sony Electronics for over 20 years and managed the U.S. Premium Incentive Group. With Customer Relationship Management as her core skill, she has built valuable relationships across the industry and she has served as a longtime member of the Incentive Marketing Association.

Mike Donnelly

Mike Donnelly, President of Hinda Incentives, is a 30‐year veteran of the incentives, recognition, engagement, and loyalty industries, Mike is responsible for all leadership aspects of Hinda, including sales, marketing, product development, strategic direction, and operations.

Holly Glowaty

Holly Glowaty, Co-Founder at K+H Connection,  has spent over 10 years working with merchants to create profitable partnerships in FinTech, loyalty/rewards and Sports Marketing, representing major gift card portfolios for JCPenney and Staples and creating numerous loyalty program partnerships.

Jonathan T. Howe

President and Senior and Founding Partner of Howe & Hutton Ltd. Jonathan is also general counsel to Meeting Professionals International, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Association Committee of 100, the Sports & Fitness Industry Association and the International Live Events Association, and special advisor to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Meetings and Travel.

Tony Lorenz

Founder and/or CEO of four successful event-focused businesses, including his current service to PRA as CEO. Prior to PRA, Tony launched an award-winning online platform, BOB.tv. Tony was also Co-Founder of rEvolution, now one of the largest independent sports marketing firms in the US. 

Mike May

Mike is the 2018 Chairman of the Incentive Research Foundation and President of Brightspot, a full-service performance improvement company. Brightspot manages full-service meetings, corporate events, and incentive programs for enterp rise clients – with industry – leading creativity, flexibility, and commitment to deliver results.

Steve O’Malley

Steve O’Malley is Division President of Maritz Travel. He is an industry veteran and visionary with more than 25 years of experience in a variety of roles from onsite support as a travel director to leading nearly 1,000 associates in the day-to-day operation of one of the industry’s leading companies.

David Meerman Scott

David Meerman Scott is a marketing strategist and author of "The New Rules of Marketing & PR". Previously he was the VP of marketing for two publicly traded technology companies and was also Asia marketing director for Knight-Ridder, at the time one of the world’s largest newspaper and electronic information companies. 

Jesse Wolfersberger

Jesse Wolfersberger is Chief Data Officer for Maritz Motivation Solutions. Jesse leads Maritz’s Decision Sciences team, a group of data scientists who specialize in merging the fields of behavioral science and artificial intelligence, helping brands make data-driven decisions through analytics, machine learning, and statistical analysis. 


Please check back for information on presenters


Tuesday, June 25
2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Registration Desk Open
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Opening Celebration
10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Late-Night Lounge
Wednesday, June 26
9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.
9:10 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Chat: “The Esports Ecosystem: Opportunities for the Travel Industry" More Details

9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

E-Talk: “Live Events and the Growth of Esports" More Details

9:40 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Panel: “The Rapid Evolution of Esports Venues” More Details

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.

Networking Break

10:45 a.m. - Noon

Esports 101 for Destinations More Details

10:45 a.m. - Noon

Destination & Supplier Marketplace Session 1 More Details

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Luncheon Panel: "The Localization of Esports" More Details

1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Networking Break
1:30 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.

E-Talk: “The Missing Half: Girls and Women in Esports” More Details

1:40 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. 

Panel: “Positive Values for Continued Growth” More Details

2:25 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. 

Chat: “Entrepreneurism, Esports and Economic Development” More Details

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Networking Break
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. 

Panel: "Profiting from Influencer Marketing” More Details

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

E-Talk: “The Future of Esports Events and Travel” More Details

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Destination & Supplier Marketplace Session 2 More Details

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Reverse Marketplace Happy Hour
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Closing Reception: Behind the Scenes at Drone Expo East More Details  
Thursday, June 27
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Optional Activities More Details  

Event Exclusives

Drone Expo East: The EsportsTravel Summit will conclude just as Drone Expo International opens their show at the Atlantic City Convention Center. At the EsportsTravel Summit Closing Reception on Wednesday, June 26, attendees will go behind the scenes of the 2019 Drone Expo East and will be the first to see a demonstration race staged by DEI’s new international drone racing league. Registration for the EsportsTravel Summit includes a one-day exhibit hall pass for Drone Expo East, which opens at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 27, at the Atlantic City Convention Center. For more information and the schedule for Drone Expo East, please visit https://droneexpointernational.com

Site Tours for Esports Tournament and Event Organizers: Make the most of your trip to Atlantic City by seeing the venues best suited for your events during tours tailored to your needs provided by the Atlantic City Sports Commission. Whether it’s Boardwalk Hall, the Atlantic City Convention Center or any of the dazzling array of meeting and convention space available at Atlantic City’s numerous casinos, hotels and resorts, the Atlantic City Sports Commission is your one-stop resource for finding the perfect venue for your esports tournament or event. To arrange your custom tour or site inspection, please contact Daniel Gallagher, director of sports sales, by email at dgallagher@meetac.com or by phone at (609) 449-7144. 


Supplier Info

Participate in the Destination & Supplier Marketplace

Destination, hotel and other supplier representatives will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with esports tournament and event organizers during the Destination & Supplier Marketplace at the EsportsTravel Summit. The Marketplace will held on Wednesday, June 26, from 10:45 a.m. – 12 noon and from 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Please hit the “Register Now” button and select the Marketplace Table Rate (which includes one full registration for the EsportsTravel Summit).


Why You Should Sponsor and Participate in the EsportsTravel Summit

Why You Should Sponsor and Participate in the EsportsTravel Summit

The EsportsTravel Summit is the only event focused on the travel side of the esports business. A Sponsorship Package provides your organization with the opportunity to increase exposure among decision makers who are organizing and hosting esports events. This is your chance to drive results by tapping into the esports market—the next generation of sporting events.
For more information on the Destination & Supplier Marketplace and on sponsorship opportunities—which can include your registration and Marketplace participation—please contact Florence Nalepka or Timothy Schneider.

Conference Participants

Conference Participants at the 2018 EsportsTravel Summit in Las Vegas included:

AIC Hotel Group

Allen Events Center

Allied Esports


Arena World Championship

Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau

Arlington Sports Commission

Atlantic City Sports Commission

Blizzard Entertainment

Bloomington Minnesota CVB

Bryan College Station Sports & Events

Caesars Entertainment

Call of Duty

Chicago Sports Commission

City of Grapevine

City of Indian Wells

Conference Center of Las Vegas

CSL International

Dallas Mavericks/Mavs Gaming

Delta Marriott Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center

Destination Irvine

DeVos Place

Discover Kalamazoo

Discover Ontario


EagleTree Capital

Electronic Gaming Federation Inc.

Elevate Magazine

ESP Gaming


Esports Now Inc.

Event Mode

Eventure, LLC


Finney County CVB

514 eSports

Fort Worth Sports

Foundry IV

4G44 Esports


Gankstars Esports

Gaylord Hotels

GDUS Global

Gen.G Esports

George Washington University

GES - Global Experience Specialist

Greater Columbus Sports Commission

Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation

Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau

Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance 

Harris County/Houston Sports Authority

Hashtag Con

Hawaii Convention Center

Hearthstone Championship Tour

Hearthstone Global Games

Heroes of the Dorm

High School Esports League


Hilton Grand Vacations

Hilton Portland


Hotel Angeleno

HPN Global

Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland

HyperX Gaming


Impact Gaming

Indiana Sports Corp

InGame Esports


International Center for Gaming Regulation

International Trade Information


Inven Global

Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas

Joint Forces Initiative

JTB Americas Ltd.

Kansas City Kansas CVB

KidKesty Productions, Inc.

LA Marriott Burbank Airport

Las Vegas CVA

League of Legends

Louisville Sports Commission


Main Street Baseball

Manhattan Center

Maryland Sports


Meet AC

Meeting News

MGM Resorts International

Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center

Mohegan Sun

Mythic Dungeon Invitational

Naples Marco Island and Everglades CVB

National Sports Forum

New Orleans & Company

Nielsen Sports & Entertainment

North American Scholastic Esports Federation

Odysea in the Desert

Omaha Sports Commission

Ontario CVB

Orange County High School Esports League

Overwatch League

Overwatch World Cup

Pacific World

Pali Mountain Retreat & Conference Center

Palms Casino Resort


PC Nametag

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

PHL Sports

Phoenix Convention Center

Play Crafting


Red Roof Inns

Revolution RFP

Rev Up Consulting

Rhode Island Sports Commission

Richmond Region Tourism

Riot Games

Room Roster

San Diego Convention Center 

San Francisco Giants

San Jose Sports Authority

Signature Lifestyle Group


Smedley Events

Snohomish County Sports Commission

Social Code

Sports Anaheim


StarCraft World Championship

Station Casinos

Successful Meetings

Super League Gaming

Synergy Sports Agency

Tacoma South Sound Sports

Tampa Bay Sports Commission

TEAM Maryland

Team San Jose

The Armory

The New Yorker–A Wyndham Hotel

Thunder Gaming

Travel Salem

Treasure Coast Sports Commission

Tropicana Las Vegas


Ultimate Media Ventures

University of Nevada Las Vegas

University of South Carolina

U.S. Olympic Committee

U.S. Travel Association

USC Games Esports

Vancouver Convention Center

Visit Anaheim

Visit Cabarrus

Visit El Paso

Visit Frisco

Visit Houston

Visit Irving

Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast

Visit Myrtle Beach

Visit Stockton

Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge

Warrior Gaming League

World Karting Association

Youth Esports of America

Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Visit Park City

Las Vegas CVA

South San Francisco Conference Center

Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge

Visit Fort Worth

Fredericksburg CVB

Host Global (TX, LV)

Boise Centre

Visit Oakland

Daytona CVB

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

Visit Alexandria

Visit San Antonio

St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra Beach

Sonoma County Tourism

Wigwam Resort

2018 IPEC Exhibitors


Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Awesome Alpharetta CVB

Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center

Boise Centre

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Caesars Entertainment

Charleston CVB

Daytona Beach Area CVB

Discover Newport RI

Dominican Republic Tourism Board

Eldorado Resorts (Silver Legacy)

Florida Keys & Key West

Fredericksburg CVB

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Goodman Speakers Bureau

Grand Sierra Resort

Grandover Resort

Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB

Greater Palm Springs CVB

Greater Portland Maine

Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach

Inns of Aurora

KLC Ireland

Las Vegas CVA

Louisville CVB

M Resort

Marriott Hawaii

Meadowlands Liberty CVB

Meet Atlantic City

MEET Hawaii

Melia Hotels International / Paradisus Los Cabos

Memphis CVB

MGM National Harbor

Mohegan Sun

Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Naples Grande

Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB

Ocean Center

Ocean Properties

Palms Casino Resort

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

Plaza Hotel & Casino

Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau

Reno Tahoe

Resorts Casino Hotel - Atlantic City

Salamander Hotels & Resorts

San Diego Tourism Authority

San Mateo County CVB

Savannah Convention Center

Seagate Hotel & Spa

South Point Hotel & Casino

South San Francisco Conference Center

St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Iroquois NY

The Modern Honolulu

The National Conference Center / Visit Loudoun

Travel Juneau

Tropicana Las Vegas - A DoubleTree by Hilton

Vail Resorts

Velas resorts

Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

Visit Alexandria

Visit Berkeley

Visit Denver

Visit Houston

Visit Oakland

Visit Raleigh

Visit Savannah

Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater

Visit Vail Valley

Westgate Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Click below to see the 2018 list



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Hotel Website

A link to make your hotel reservations will be posted soon.

Advisory Notice Regarding Outside Solicitations

Please be advised that numerous companies have been emailing and calling attendees of Northstar events attempting to book them into non-official hotels.

Here are the companies and their representatives that we have been made aware of:

  • Avenge
  • Bay Exhibits
  • CMI Event Travel / Sean Martin
  • Corporate Booking Services / Carlos Viera and Hank Morgan
  • Demand Generation / Amber, Ruby, Pamela Fox, David Smith
  • EHRS / Zach and Alex
  • Exhibition Housing Services / Liam Chris
  • Global Expo List
  • Global Expo Travel
  • Global Housing Corporation / Harry Harrington
  • Global Travel Partners
  • Kelly Brooke
  • Mars Data Leads / Jacob Fernando
  • World Expo Lists / Anna Jasmine,  Jennifer White
  • World Wide Travel / Zack Willis
  • ​Xpo Solutions Transportation / Evan Eissens


Be advised that these companies and individuals have no relationship with Northstar events. Our attendees are encouraged to disregard any communication received from these companies or any others that are not affiliated with Northstar Meetings Group. 


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Esports Organizer Contact:

Nicole Goddeyne
Event Organizer Liaison


Supplier Contact:

Timothy Schneider
Founder & Chairman, Sports Division


Florence Nalepka
Global Director of Sales, Sports Division

Event Logistics Contact:

Beth Dean
Event Director, Sports Division 

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