Greater Williamsburg takes local approach toward sports tourism

Published on : Saturday, July 22, 2017

sports tourismGreater Williamsburg area of Virginia this week organized two crucial sporting events which attracted volunteers, players and coaches all over the country.

The amount of money those coaches, players and their parents invested at different hotels, businesses and restaurants assisted local officials to improve sport’s tourism of the place.

Side by side, officials of the city of Williamsburg along with James City County are thinking of building an indoor sports facility that would eventually permit the localities to organize more tournaments especially in the winters. However, not to forget, such facilities would cost millions of dollars to construct and at the same time maintained and staffed as well.

The National Softball Association Class A Eastern World Series conducted Monday through Friday at Kiwanis and Quarterpath parks.

In the event, over 85 teams and 1,400 athletes from 10 different states competed with each other which generated approximately $2 million local economy, confirmed by Lisa Pacheco, the director of sports for the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance.

Also, James City County organized its third annual All Star football camp on Thursday and Friday at Wanner Stadium.

To quote Eric Stone, organizer of the All Star football camp, “You have a number of camps and the softball tournament and soccer camps. It’s great for the kids. I think the Williamsburg and James City County community is finally drawing these big sports events because it’s a great place to come, visit and live. The more we can do stuff like this the better.”

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