Gearing up for USBC Women's Championships

For the next few months-April 7 through July 2-Syracuse will be proudly hosting the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Women's Championships. The Women's Championships is the world's largest sporting event for women. This year's event is expected to bring 30,000 participants to Syracuse competing for a $2 million pot.

What is great about a tournament of this caliber is that the 30,000 participants bring their families and friends. With that said, more than 60,000 people will need hotel rooms, places to dine and sights to see. Syracuse has a lot to offer with great restaurants, museums, sporting events, parks and shopping. This event has the potential to bring $40 million in travel spending to the area.

Each of the more than 5,600 teams will be in town for about three or four days. Fourteen local hotels are participating in a room block and are expecting a seven to nine percent increase in occupancy. Estimates for the Room Occupancy Tax (ROT) are projected to be over $400,000. The ROT tax helps fund events like the Jazz Fest and arts organizations in order to avoid using taxpayer funds. The sales tax estimates from this event are projected to be over $1.5 million. The increases in sales tax revenues can be used directly to offset property taxes this fall. Events like the USBC Championships are a real boost to our local economy, and ideally will encourage more events in the future.

I want to personally welcome the USBC Women's Championships to Syracuse and wish all the participants the best of luck!

Kathy Rapp represents the Fifth District which consists of the towns of Salina, Clay and DeWitt. Rapp welcomes constituent feedback at kathleenrapp5@gmail.com or by phone at 451-5294.

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