Upstate recognized for sports tourism

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Sports Destination Management, a publication for sports event planners and tournament directors, recognized VisitGreenvilleSC, Visit Anderson and the Bassmaster Classic as 2015 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic event.

The event, which was held at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena, TD Convention Center and Lake Hartwell, attracted over 100,000 spectators bringing in an estimated $17 million in economic impact to the Greenville area.

Sports Destination Management also named the Carolina Elite Soccer Academy and the US Youth Soccer Region III Soccer Championships as Mid-to-Large Market Champions for bringing in over $10 million to Greenville. The event returns to Greenville in 2016 and is expected to bring in 3,600 players, in addition to families and other spectators.

A third win for the Upstate came with recognition of the Amateur Softball Association USA Girls’ 18U Class A Fastpitch National Championship and the Spartanburg Convention & Visitors Bureau. The event brought in $7.4 million to both Spartanburg and Greenville counties.

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