The financial impact of this year's Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Games of Texas was so good, that City officials are planning to bid for the 2018-19 games.
Newly released numbers from the July event show an economic impact of $15.75 million from the four-day weekend of events held this year and last. Nearly $16 million was spent at local restaurants, hotels and stores throughout the area.
That trickles down to more than $1 million in taxes for local municipalities.
For businesses like Coffee Waves, with three different locations, that kind of increase was phenomenal.
"We saw a really great return for our local businesses. Corpus Christi was really supportive of us. We were able to advertise, to bring people in, and it was a great feedback," said Elizabeth Pinales of Coffee Waves. "Our employees saw it. There was a lot of interaction with out-of-towners."
The Convention and Visitor's Bureau said the average sports and convention visitor spends at least $140 a day in the area, and these visitors spent an average of more than three days here each summer.
While the money spent is important, there's a second advantage to the games.
"Beyond the tens of millions of dollars they bring here over a two-year period, the residual is great because it introduces our community to people who are future vacationers too," said Keith Arnold of the CVB. "So it really rounds out our peak month of July and finishes it off at a very high level."
While there were more than 8,000 athletes who competed in July, there were 257 volunteers from the community who helped out; and this past July was more successful than last July's event.
This year, officials estimate close to 24,000 people visited the community.
The head of the CVB said TAAF officials were so impressed, they asked the City to apply for the 2018-19 games. That application process will take place Sept. 14.
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