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Shores & Islands earns reader’s choice award

Lake Erie Shores & Islands

SANDUSKY – Sports Destination Management, the leading publication with the largest circulation of sports event planners and tournament directors in the sports tourism market, has announced the winners of its 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards. This year’s winners, voted on by a jury of their peers, represent the go-to destinations and companies in the sports tourism industry for event owners and rights holders.

Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands was honored in two categories: Favorite Overall Destination and Best Destination for Amenities.

Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands is a leading regional sports destination in the Midwest, especially loved by event organizers and players for its variety of amenities. In addition to world-class facilities such as Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center and a thriving Erie MetroParks system, the area attracts teams who want added fun with their tournament play. Recreational options abound, combined with fantastic lodging and dining opportunities. Boating and fishing, island-hopping, amusement and water parks make Lake Erie Shores & Islands an attractive location for sporting events.

Lake Erie Shores & Islands Group Sales Director Amanda Smith Rasnick is thrilled with the honors.

“It is wonderful to be recognized not only as a leading sports destination, but also as a location that is loved by families who find themselves combining sports travel with family vacation,” said Rasnick. “Our unique blend of attractions and recreational opportunities along with amazing venues make us a great location for sports travel.”

Other local honorees include Sports Force Park at Cedar Point Sports Center – Favorite Outdoor Venue, and Lighthouse Point at Cedar Point – Favorite Campground.

All winners of awards have been recognized in a special feature published in the May/June 2018 issue of Sports Destination Management.

 Find more information about Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands and sports events at

Jill L. Bauer is public relations manager for Lake Erie Shores & Islands – East,, 419-625-2984.