OAK BROOK, IL — DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau (DuPage CVB) Chairman Larry Forssberg and Executive Director Beth Marchetti recently announced the Board of Directors has ratified the recommendation of its Sports Tourism Advisory Committee to create a sports commission for DuPage County.
“The DuPage CVB continues to develop new projects that are critical to the growth and prosperity of economic development through the visitor industry, while at the same time enhancing quality of life for the nearly one million residents of DuPage County,” said Forssberg. “Investing in sports tourism is an opportunity to further build upon the already significant legacy of sports in DuPage — polo, PGA Championship, Ryder Cup, USBC Bowling, Bulls/Sox Academy and more.”
Officially launching on May 10, the DuPage Sports Commission will operate as a department within the DuPage CVB. The CVB has booked more than 60 sports events and tournaments over the past four years, which represent more than 60,000 visitors who generated more than 74,000 hotel overnight stays and an estimated $12.5 million in direct spending.
“DuPage has an impressive history with successful high-profile sports events that generate significant visitation and economic impact for communities,” said Marchetti. “We are doing this on the heels of several venue developments which have the potential to bring Olympic-qualifying sports events to the County, and further enhance our efforts to make DuPage more competitive in this space.”
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