LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) - There is one thing that is continuously bringing people from out of state to Lowndes County year after year, sports tournaments!
Just this past year, the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority had a 6 million dollar impact on the local economy from these events.
Over the last three years, VLPRA's impact has reached $15 million.
Last month, parks and rec helped host a senior softball tournament where 55 teams competed all weekend.
People came from 12 states.
One team even came from Canada.
"That in turn helps with the local industry of small business owners, also jobs i meant park and recreation we are a true economic engine to help support small business industry here," said George Page, Executive Director.
Last year, the tournaments generated 7,960 room nights in hotels.
The VLPRA staff says these tournaments are a way for some of the local team to play near home which saves money.
Parks and recreation officials hope to see the tournament come back again in 2018.
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