Sport Tourism hits home run: Surrey experiences record numbers in Sport Tourism
Surrey, BC – The month of July saw record numbers of Athletes and visitors to sporting events hosted throughout the City of Surrey. Sport Surrey reported over 3,600 room nights were occupied by various sport groups during the month.
The annual Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch Championships continues to be a big draw for visitors and was supported in July by a number of Provincial baseball and softball tournaments. Field hockey tournaments at Tamanawis Park also drew significant visitors to the community. “Sport tourism has a significant economic benefit which is why the City has been making ongoing investments into sport infrastructure,” said Councillor Linda Hepner, Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism Committee. “It is excellent to see Surrey’s world-class sporting facilities attracting regional and national events which will build the City’s reputation in this sector.”
Third quarter results will also be influenced by national events in August including the 2014 Canadian Women’s Baseball Nationals, August 14-18 and the U-14 National Fastpitch Jamboree, August 6 -10. “Sport Tourism is now one of the main pillars of tourism in our community. The ability to attract national and international events will ensure sport continues to be a key economic driver.” Cathy James, Executive Director, Tourism Surrey.
Labour Day weekend will see the launch of the inaugural SX Cup International Soccer Tournament (www.sxcup.ca). Newton Athletic Park is the host venue for the soccer weekend, which features over 120 teams (U9 to U15) from across Canada and the United States.