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Region Wins Big as Sports and Conference Schedule Grows in 2015

RACVB Announces 13 First-Time and Returning Events that will bring $2.6 Million in Economic Impact to the Region


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2015


ROCKFORD, IL - The Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau announced on Thursday the addition of 11 sports tournaments and two special events that will take place in the Rockford Region in 2015 and 2016. Collectively, participants, coaches and fans that travel to the region for the tournaments will impact the region to an estimated tune of $2.6 million during their stays.

These 13 events make up just a small fraction of the expected economic impact from anticipated events booked in 2015 by the RACVB. In 2014, there were 300 total events booked, resulting in 102,721 room nights and an estimated economic impact of $16,122,000.

"Announcing these 13 Big Wins is a great way to kick-off the RACVB activities for 2015," RACVB President and CEO John Groh said. "What we are really excited about is the diversity of these events and that we have secured several new events for the region to go along with our long-term partner events such as this weekend's IHSA Girls State Bowling Finals, now in its 23rd year in Rockford."

The announcement was made at the Flodin Boys & Girls Club in Rockford, which will host the 2015 National Collegiate Table Tennis Association Midwest Regional Championships this weekend, Feb. 20-21.

Groh highlighted first-class facilities, local partner agencies and exceptional customer service as the main reasons that tournament and conference directors continue to choose Rockford as their destination.

Rugby Illinois Secretary Adrianne Cortes said, "Rugby Illinois is excited to return to Rockford over Memorial Day weekend for the Middle School and High School State Rugby Championships. The Rockford Park District and Rockford Ravens Rugby Club were most helpful last year when we brought the State Championships to Rockford for the first time in making sure that the event ran smoothly. Also, we appreciate the help and support the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau gave to us in planning the Championships."

Groh noted that visitors help to fuel the regional economy during their stays by not just experiencing the tournaments and events that they are attending, but by also staying in hotels, shopping at local stores and dining at the region's restaurants.

13 BIG WINS LINE-UP

- IHSA Girls State Bowling Finals
- 2015 National Collegiate Table Tennis Midwest Regional Championships
- Ultimate Frisbee Chicago Invite 2015
- 2015 Rugby Illinois High School and Middle School State Championships
- 2015 National Softball Association North B State Championships
- Midwest Challenge Cup
- American Amateur Baseball Congress Willie Mays 10U World Series
- US Youth Soccer 2015 Olympic Development Program (ODP) Region II Showcase and ID (Identification) Camps
- 2015 Midwestern Open Lacrosse Championships (Elite Tournaments LLC)
- USSSA (United States Specialty Sports Association) Girls Fast pitch 14u "B" World Series
- Illinois Rural Water Association - Northern Conference 2015
- 2016 National Dart Association (NDA) Regional Tournament
- American Motors Owners Association 2016 International Convention

RACVB is a private, non-profit organization established in 1984 to champion efforts to promote the Rockford Region as an overnight visitor destination. The RACVB adds wealth to the region's economy by investing in marketing programs that grow tourism. gorockford.com

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FOR MORE INFORMATION: Josh Albrecht, Director of Marketing & Public Affairs: 815.489.1655 or jalbrecht@gorockford.com