The esports and travel sectors will come together for mutual benefit at the forthcoming eSports Travel Summit on July 17 and 18. The standalone event will be held at the new 30,000 sq ft Esports Arena Las Vegas at Luxor Hotel and Casino, with the Luxor Hotel and Casino and Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino serving as its headquarters and hotels.

Presented by SportsTravel magazine, the eSports Travel Summit’s co-creational sponsors currently include MGM Resorts International, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and Allied Esports, which owns the Esports Arena at Luxor.

Timothy Schneider, founder of the eSports Travel Summit and chairman of the Sports Division of Northstar Travel Group, said: “We are excited to partner with these organisations as they make history in the evolution and growth of esports. Destinations, venues and suppliers who want to gain a better understanding of how to profit from the growth of esports should make plans now to attend.”

The summit will feature esports demonstrations including competition among participants in games such as NBA 2K. The NBA 2K League will begin play as a professional sports league in May. Summit attendees will have the opportunity to attend the NBA Summer League championship game, thereby experiencing the similarities and differences between the NBA’s traditional and esports leagues as part of the eSports Travel Summit.

Educational sessions at the summit will feature big names and leading tournament organisers gathered from across the esports spectrum and will focus on opportunities that exist at the nexus of venues, destinations, the travel industry and esports. Multiple business networking opportunities will be built into the summit’s schedule.