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BC Summer Games Brings $2.2 million to Victoria Economy


October 30, 2000


VICTORIA – The $2.2 million spent during the 2000 BC Summer Games in Victoria ranks the Games among the top events of the season in the city, Ian Waddell, minister of small business, tourism and culture, said today.


The measured economic impact of the BC Summer Games impact was the largest of any BC Summer Games. The economic impact study figure includes $1.41 million spent by participants, spectators and volunteers at the three-day event in July, and $817,000 spent by the host organization and the BC Games Society.


"Beyond developing young athletes and showcasing our communities, the economic benefits of the BC Summer Games clearly show the hard work by the board, volunteers and the city of Victoria," said Waddell, who is also minister responsible for sport. "Congratulations to everyone who helped make the Games such a great success."


Mayor Alan Lowe added: "This event provides a wonderful forum for celebrating our youth's athletic accomplishments. I hope the significant economic benefits generated this year will encourage other communities to take on the host role."


Spending by spectators and participants was up from the last economic impact study at the Port Alberni Summer Games in 1992. "The economic impact of the Games has remained strong while we’ve focused the Games on developing young athletes," said BC Games Society Co-chair Marion Lay.


"I think we will see the economic benefits increase as more and more supporters and parents start coming to the BC Games to see their children compete," Lay added. "The BC Games will be one of the most important competitions of their young lives."


The amount compares favorably with the music festival RootsFest, with an estimated impact of $2.8 million, and the Royal Victoria Marathon, which has an estimated impact of $2 million.


The economic impact study was conducted by the Economic Planning Group of Canada, author of previous studies at several BC Games.



Lister Farrar, BC Games Media Relations: (250) 356-3012
Marnie Mayhew, Executive Assistant to the Mayor:  (250) 361-0558
Paige MacFarlane Communications Branch, Ministry of Small Business, Tourism and Culture
(250) 953-4692

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