Sports Tourism Task Force Issues Interim Report

January 17, 2019

On June 6, 2017, the Board of Supervisors approved my motion to create a Sports Tourism Task Force. The Task Force was formed to better understand the potential economic impact of the $10 Billion and growing sports tourism market and how Fairfax County can take advantage of this market in order to diversify its tax base and develop facilities for its residents paid for in whole or in part by sports tourism-generated revenue.

On November 8th, 2018, the Sports Tourism Task Force unanimously approved its first interim report. Many of the recommendations in the report are being implemented and/or studied. I was proud to chair the Task Force. The Report and its many recommendations are the product of a dedicated hardworking team of Task Force members and participants. Sports Tourism is a rapidly growing market nationwide.

To date, it has proven to be recession- proof and has been the driving force behind some economic development and revitalization activities across the country. According to the U.S. Travel Association, more than 20% of all trips taken in the U.S. were for the purpose of attending organized sporting events. The facilities driving sports tourism have been developed in urban, suburban and rural areas.

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