Monday, March 09 2009
Larger cities have it easier to draw tourism to their city and in doing so keep the local economy going. We are pleased to see that Marilee Fowler, Executive Director of the Evansville Convention Bureau, is continuing to expand on venues to attract youth sports tournaments to Evansville. Her latest efforts are to open a new baseball-softball complex to attract more visitors.
Local sports tournaments increase business
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - The games people play are helping many businesses survive the tough economy.
Local tourism officials say a few years ago they made the decision to try and attract more youth sports tournaments to the Evansville area.
Every weekend for the next several weeks the city is hosting a youth bowling tournament.
This weekend, U.S.I. is hosting the GLVC tourney and all the visitors will help a number of local businesses.
"Families make their children a priority and their children's activities are at the top of the list of things they will do so I think they still will be coming," Marilee Fowler, Executive Director of the Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau. "They may cut their stay from three nights to two nights. They may stay in a less expensive hotel. They may do more fast food instead of fine dining. We still feel very confident those families are going to travel."
The Visitors and Convention Bureau is trying to open a new baseball-softball complex to attract even more tournaments.