Thursday, October 22, 2009

Mesa lands national swim meet - every little bit helps

Here is some good news for the local economy. Mesa has been tapped to host a national swim meet in 2011. The event is expected to attract over 2,500 swimmers (including former olympians) and is expected to generate over 12,000 room nights in hotels.

They are estimating that this will generate $1.5 million for the local economy. It's not clear how much of that money will go directly into the city's general fund to off set some of the major cuts we have seen as of late, but the truth is, every little bit helps.

Anytime Mesa can be placed on a national stage is positive news generating more opportunities for visitors to come to Mesa, spend money, and learn more about our city. The more events we can attract, the more momentum that is gained for Mesa as a destination and before long, our city can be a "must-schedule" for rotating events.

4 comments:

Heath Reed said...

The aquatics center would have done this. So where is this meet going to be at? Some Jr. High school pool? 1.5 mil is not going to really do much, but it does count to have the meet.

jenny said...

It's Kino and it's good the Aquatics center didn't get built. We still get the good tournaments but can use the money on more pools and other year-round uses.

brando79az said...

Hopefully Mesa's Hotels will advertise well so the visitors don't stay in neighbor cities.

brando79az said...

Hopefully Mesa's Hotels will advertise well so the visitors don't stay in neighbor cities.