The summer series of Plattsburgh-based professional bass fishing tournaments bring in $2.2 million annually in direct and indirect spending to the region according to an economic impact study sponsored by the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, a division of the North Country Chamber of Commerce.
The economic impact study, done by Dr. Stephen Henry of SUNY Plattsburgh, reported:
- $2,168,655 generated annually in direct and indirect spending to the region
- Each tournament participant represented an average of 2.43 travelers, therefore bringing in an estimated 1,740 visitors to the community
- 29.2 full time regional jobs created
- Anglers stayed an average of 4.27 nights during each stay and 75% of the survey respondents made use of commercial lodging properties, including hotels, motels and campgrounds
- For every one dollar invested in host fees and in-kind services $88 was returned directly to the local economy
Dr. Henry concluded that, “When one considers the value added to the local economy, it is clear that the bass fishing tournaments represent a remarkable return on investment for the Plattsburgh community.”
In addition to the economic impact of the tournaments, ongoing media exposure and recognition worldwide from outlets such as ESPN and well known recreation publications reaching over 100 million households respectively, increases the potential impact on Clinton County as Lake Champlain and Plattsburgh become synonymous with world-class fishing.
Kristy Kennedy, Director of Tourism for the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau states “These findings just reaffirm that the professional bass tournaments are an economic boom for the area. Needless to say, we are happy to welcome the pro anglers back in 2016.”