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Honolulu Marathon generates record number for visitor spending in 2012
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The 40th Honolulu Marathon generated a record $132.8 million in visitor spending in December, according to a study released by Hawaii Pacific University. HPU's Jerome Agrusa, chairman of the school's Travel Industry Management program, conducted the study, which was backed by 2,152 surveys of visiting marathoners. More

Baltimore wins, then loses bid for Volvo Ocean Race
The Baltimore Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For a brief period in late January, Baltimore and state officials quietly rejoiced after receiving a letter from the Volvo Ocean Race congratulating the city for being picked to host the only U.S. stopover of the global event in spring 2015. And then nine days later — before the official announcement — race organizers yanked the prize away and gave it to Newport, R.I. More

Super Bowl visitor spending 25 percent more than last year
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A PricewaterhouseCoopers report says visitor spending for Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans should be up about 25 percent from last year's Super Bowl in Indianapolis. Big Easy visitors will have doled out about $185 million in Super Bowl-driven lodging, entertainment, food and beverage, entertainment, business services and "other hospitality." More

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Philly pro cycling race will be held this year
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The bike race will go on in Philadelphia, despite the recent cancellation of a cycling competition held in the city for almost three decades. U.S. Rep. Bob Brady (D-Pennsylvania) said that the new 2013 race will be called the Philly Cycling Classic. He says it's being organized by a team of sports event professionals, cycling advocates and local business and community leaders. More

Circuit organizers seek about $1 million for May race
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A group affiliated with Circuit of the Americas has requested about $1 million in state funds for an Australian V8 Supercars race planned at the Southeast Austin, Texas, circuit in May. It is the group's second application to the fund since December, when Austin City Council members voted to allow it to act on the city's behalf in applying for state money for four races in addition to Formula One. Attendance over the three-day V8 Supercars event May 17-19 is expected to be 87,000, with about 43,000 fans attending the race May 19, according to an economic estimate submitted with the application. About half of those fans will come from out of state, the estimate said. More

Tourism board looks to attract more sports niche events to Flagler, Fla.
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It may not be the Daytona 500, but Flagler County, Fla., tourism officials want to attract sporting events to the area to help fill hotel beds and get the word out about what the county has to offer. The Flagler County Tourist Development Council has been focused on bringing more sporting events to the county — lacrosse tournaments and soccer invitationals have been the most prominent so far — to enhance tourism development efforts and provide an economic boost. More

Expansion of sports complex in Tucson, Ariz., hopes to create soccer hub
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There's a new effort to make Tucson, Ariz., a western hub for major league soccer, which could bring a much needed to boost to the area surrounding the Kino Sports Complex. Plans to build a 2,000-seat shaded soccer stadium was unveiled today. A partnership with Pima County and F.C. Tucson, this $2 million investment will bring a new scoreboard, a stadium, additional concessions and restrooms, as well as the addition of a sixth field. More

Missouri amateur sports tax credit wins 1st-round Senate approval
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Missouri would allot up to $3 million a year to help cities host amateur sporting events under a bill that won first-round Senate approval. The sponsor, Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, said states such as Texas have set aside large sums of public money to woo the events. Schmitt persuaded the Senate to rebuff an attempt by Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, to lower the program's cost to $2 million a year. Schmitt said that over the last several years, the proposal had already been scaled back from its original $10 million target. More

Organizer applies for wakeboard event permit for Lake Norman, NC
The Charlotte Observer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The promoters of a nationally-televised professional wakeboarding tour have taken what is considered the final step toward holding one of its events on Lake Norman in North Carolina this year. Chris Bischoff, the tournament director of the Pro Wakeboard Tour and its associated King Of Wake series, confirmed that a letter was sent to Duke Energy to get the necessary approvals and permits for the June 1 event. More



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