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April 7, 2014

Council prepared to award tourism funding to sports events

GREENVILLE — The Greenville City Council is preparing to award tourism funding to two sports-related events later this, both of which are expected to attract visitors to the city.

The council is scheduled to consider providing the funds to the PBA Southwest Greenville Open and to the Craig Bowers Memorial Foundation Golf Tournament, with the vote scheduled during Tuesday’s regular session, starting at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street. A work session is also set for 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The City of Greenville charges a tax of 7 percent on each night’s stay in a local hotel or motel room and then divides the money among the various groups which have applied for the funds. The events they sponsor must enhance and promote tourism and/or the convention and hotel industry in Greenville.

The applications are reviewed by the Tourism and Convention Advisory Board, then the board’s recommendations are presented to the council.

In a memo to the council, Main Street Manager Doyle Dick noted the tourism board heard two presentations March 18, one for the PBA tournament and one for the Craig Bowers Memorial.

Dick said the PBA event, scheduled at Shenaniganz August 23-25, has proven very popular. Last year’s tournament drew 66 pro bowlers, and the 2014 Open is expected to include the maximum of 80 professionals. Organizers project the tournament to generate 40 hotel nights this year.

The tourism board is recommending the organizers receive the $7,000 they are requesting.

The Craig Bowers Memorial Golf Tournament is being held for the third year, but this is the first year organizers of the event have requested tourism funding. The tournament is scheduled June 20-22 at both the Wright Park Municipal Gold Course and Oak Creek Country Club.

Dick said more than 200 participants and their families are expected to attend, with about half staying in local hotels during the tournament, with plans to also add a junior tournament. The tourism board recommended the event receive the $3,000 funding it had requested.

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