Wichita receives $41 million boost to local economy thanks to 2004 WIBC Championship Tournament events


    United States

    WIBCLogo.jpg The Women's International Bowling Congress has announced that the 2004 WIBC Championship Tournament and the events surrounding it had an economic impact on the host city of Wichita, Kan., of nearly $41 million, according to a recently conducted survey.

    "The city of Wichita was a wonderful host," said Jan Schmidt, WIBC director of tournaments and marketing. "Working together the Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau, Sports Commission, businesses and Women's Bowling Association made the WIBC participants, staff and guests feel right at home. We're grateful for the warm reception."

    An estimated total of 54,500 people, comprised of more than 42,000 participants and about 12,500 guests, spent approximately $750 per person during their average four-day/three-night stay. In addition to the WIBC Championship Tournament, Wichita served as host to the WIBC Convention and the WIBC Queens and Senior Queens tournaments.

    "The businesses of Wichita came together to show how great of a host Wichita can be," said John Rolfe, president and CEO of the Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau. "We are very appreciative to WIBC members and guests for providing a tremendous boost to the local economy.

    "We thank WIBC for bringing its WIBC championship tournaments and convention to Wichita and would welcome their return to America's Heartland with open arms."

    The WIBC Championship Tournament in Wichita attracted bowlers from every U.S. state and Canada, as well as international participants from Australia, Bermuda, England and Japan. The tournament is the largest participatory sporting event in the world for women.

    Upcoming WIBC championship tournament locations include Tulsa, Okla. (2005); Reno, Nev., (2006 and 2009); Charlotte, N.C. (2007); and Detroit (2008).