CAFL – Professional American Indoor Football in China

Maritz Travel Tackles the Big Task of Taking Care of the CAFL


Dalian, China, October 4, 2016 – Imagine trying to move over 200 people to 6 different cities, in 6 weeks on the other side of the world? And then try to feed them all. The CAFL called on Maritz Travel, one of the world’s most experienced event management companies, to accommodate their needs.   For more than 50 years, Maritz has delivered flawless corporate event management for leading companies around the world, and service to the CAFL was no exception.

Maritz Travel delivered in a BIG way. CAFL services included an exceptional travel experience:

  •          210 + total attendees
  •          6 cities
  •          6 hotels
  •          8,500+ hotel rooms booked
  •          1,200+ airline tickets booked
  •          76,500 pounds of luggage
  •          1,700 pieces of luggage moved
  •          30,000 + meals served

“Plain and simple, just fantastic. Everyone at Maritz, from top to bottom has been a pleasure to work with,” said David Niu, President of AFL Global. “We could not have done this Super Series without them. They are a truly a valued partner of the CAFL.”

“It’s a little bit like that movie trains, planes and automobiles, but more organized and with a lot more food!  Seeing the hard work of our Senior Logistics Manager, Kim Smith, the Maritz team and the CAFL organizing body come to fruition has been more than anything we could have hoped for at Maritz Travel,” said Kate Walsh Account Executive, Maritz Travel. “The opportunity to book air, plan meals, organize transportation and contract hotel rooms for the first ever Arena Football League in China has been both a pleasure and tremendous learning opportunity.  Maritz could not be more excited to be a part of the team.”

About Maritz Travel – A Maritz Global Events Company

Maritz Travel is one of the world’s most experienced event management companies. Top meeting planners, sales operations and procurement teams at Fortune 100 companies trust Maritz Travel to deliver meetings, events and incentive travel programs that drive business results. Maritz Travel’s core services include strategic event design, sourcing, logistics, communications, registration and housing, technology, measurement and analysis and on-site support. Through Maritz Global Events, Maritz Travel is part of an industry-leading family of brands that also includes Experient and Maritz Journeys. For more information about Maritz Travel, visit

 About CAFL

With the official announcement of approval from the China government, the new professional league will be called CAFL (China Arena Football League), and the Beijing based operating company, formerly known as Ganlan Media International, will carry the same name.

“We think this acronym says it all,” said David Niu, the President of AFL Global, the founding corporation based in Conshohocken, PA, USA. “The league, and all of our efforts, are unique to China. We want to highlight the fact that we are playing American-style football, not to be confused with soccer. And we want to emphasize that this is China’s first ever professional league, played by the best players in the world.”

Many of the rosters will feature Chinese players, who have been learning and training for the arena game specifically for over a year, at 6 select Chinese Universities, under the guidance of AFL Global.

CAFL headquarters are located in Beijing, with leadership comprised of senior media executives and sports professionals with an array of government and commercial experience.

For more information please contact the following:

Lou Tilley, VP CAFL Communications and Media

Alvina Alston, CAFL Public Relations

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