Sport visitors spend more than $24 million in Saskatchewan in 2005

Statistics compiled by Sask Sport Inc. indicate that amateur sporting events in communities throughout the province continue to benefit the economy. The study indicates that during 2005 visitor expenditures at major amateur sporting events in the province topped $24 million.

Estimated Visitor Expenditures of Regional, National and International Sport Events Hosted in Saskatchewan 2000-2005 tracked visitor expenditures from 255 regional, national and international amateur sporting events. Only events that were held between 2000 and 2005 and received funding from their Provincial Sport Governing Body through the Sask Sport Inc. Hosting Program were included in the results. The total estimated visitor expenditures over the past six years have now exceeded $90 million dollars. These figures do not capture the visitor spending from the multitude of sporting events that Saskatchewan communities host each year such as local tournaments, bonspiels, sports days, etc., which do not receive a Hosting Grant.

Last year was an exceptional year with more than $24 million generated through 49 major events, which included 90,000 participants. This is a significant increase from the previous year's total of $12.9 million, which can be attributed to the addition of eight amateur sporting events (two of which were international events).

These figures also do not include the 2005 Canada Summer Games in Regina. The Canada Games conducted their own economic impact study which calculated an estimated economic impact of $101 million in the province and left behind a legacy of volunteers, programs, sport facilities and equipment.

"This report reflects the importance of sport to the business community," said Don MacAulay, President of Sask Sport Inc. "Not only does sport provide an opportunity for people to participate in healthy activities, it also provides tremendous economic spinoffs. Sask Sport Inc. is proud to be able to support these events through our hosting grant program, and we thank the host communities, volunteers, and sponsors who make significant contributions to these events."

"Tourism generates $1.4 billion annually and supports more than 60,000 jobs in Saskatchewan," said Roy Anderson, President and CEO of Tourism Saskatchewan. "That's a significant contribution to our provincial economy. Sport tourism specifically is an important component of our industry, bringing in visitors to our province who, in turn, support local businesses. Saskatchewan has a proven record of success in hosting local, national and international sporting events at both the amateur and professional levels. Such events are wonderful opportunities to showcase our province's talented athletes, its outstanding features and attractions, as well as the warmth and hospitality of our people."

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For more information contact Mark Bracken of Sask Sport Inc. at (306) 780-9313 or email mbracken@sasksport.sk.ca

October 31, 2006