Greenville-Pitt County Sports Commission Launched
17 Jul, 2019
As a new division of Visit Greenville, NC, the Greenville-Pitt County Sports Commission is exclusively charged with increasing economic impact and creating a lasting positive impression of Greenville-Pitt County by providing an environment conducive to superior sports tourism experiences.
“We are excited to launch the Greenville-Sports Commission as an active division within Visit Greenville, NC,” stated Andrew Schmidt, President and CEO of Visit Greenville, NC. “Our vision has always been grow Greenville-Pitt County into a premier sports destination within North Carolina and the Southeast, and the creation of a sports commission will help us achieve that goal.”
The Greenville-Pitt County Sports Commission will work to achieve this mission by recruiting and hosting a diverse range of sporting events and advocating for the development of future facilities and infrastructure to support the growth of sports tourism in the destination.
“We are thrilled to grow our sports tourism efforts within our community,” said Gray Williams, Executive Director of the Greenville-Pitt County Sports Commission. “Adding the new Sports Commission to our destination portfolio and working with our advisory board and partners will increase opportunities to recruit larger events, and help us gain national recognition as a sports tourism destination.”
Visit Greenville, NC has been able to capitalize on the growth of this tourism market segment with its sports tourism efforts, which in fiscal year 2018 – 2019 included recruiting and hosting 63 sporting events and tournaments, which generated an estimated economic impact of $13.6 million to the local Greenville-Pitt County economy. These sporting events included several statewide, regional, and national tournaments, such as the US Tennis Association North Carolina 65 and Over State Championship, the National Junior College Athletic Association Region X Baseball Tournament, the USA Rugby Club 11s National Quarter Finals, and more.