PANAMA CITY BEACH — The 2021 Grand Slam World Series of Baseball event held in Panama City Beach was among the winners named in the 2020/2021 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism presented by Traveling Teams.
According to a news release from the Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, the event, produced by Visit Panama City Beach and the Panama City Beach Sports Complex, resulted in an economic impact of $22.3 million.
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The Grand Slam World Series of Baseball, which was held across 19 fields in Bay County, including Frank Brown Park and the Panama City Beach Sports Complex, brought together 544 baseball teams and over 24,000 visitors from Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Virginia and South Carolina. Event attendance increased by 134% (312 teams) from 2020 to 2021.
“We are thrilled to receive this recognition that further establishes Panama City Beach as an ideal destination for sports tourism,” said Dan Rowe, Visit Panama City Beach president and CEO. “The success of the Panama City Beach Sports Complex continues to play a vital role in the destination’s recovery, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to host this event and showcase our city.”
All award winners were recognized in a special feature published in the November/December 2021 issue of Sports Destination Management, an industry-leading publication with the largest circulation of sports event planners and tournament directors in the sports tourism market, the release stated.
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