Sports Destination Management, the leading publication with the largest circulation of sports event planners and tournament directors in the sports tourism market, has announced the 2019 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism Presented by Traveling Teams (travelingteams.com). This year’s winners are responsible for contributing a more-than-welcome boost of over $400 million to the national economy over the past year.
Among the winners was the Swamp Nationals Softball Tournament, a showcase of elite talent organized by Cowart Sports Events and hosted by the Broussard Sports Complex at St. Julien Park.
Fifty-five youth softball teams from Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, and Arkansas attended the tournament in November of 2020. Even with strict COVID-19 protocols, the Broussard Sports Complex was able to safely accommodate the teams and host the event. This tournament generated nearly 1,400 hotel room stays and a total economic impact of over $813,000 for the area.
All winners of awards have been recognized in a special feature published in the November/December 2021 issue of Sports Destination Management. The entire article with full details on the winners listed below can also be found online.