Sports tourism drives economic opportunity in Portland

Posted at 5:03 PM, Jul 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-06 18:03:50-04

“Hotels bring Portland a lot of dollars,” says city council member John Green.

The hotel industry in Portland is booming.

"Right now they’re staying full,” says Green. “My thoughts are, probably in the next 10 to 15 years they’re going to continue to stay full.”

Which is why the city council approved the construction of a new hotel.

Staybridge Suites.

The 77-room upscale extended stay will be located off Hwy 181, joining other hotels.

But what’s driving business?

The city says Pipeline jobs and sports tourism.

Even though sports tourism is new to the city of Portland, it’s already an economic impact. Generating hundreds of thousands of dollars in just six months.

Sports director Matt Rogers says since January, the city has hosted 19 tournaments in the Sports Complex and Municipal Park.

Some tournaments as small as10 teams to nearly 70.

"A 16-team tournament translates to $120,000 in economic development,” says Rogers.

Out of the 644 teams, 225 came from out of town.

"When you look at youth sports, you have a lot of family members that accompany those young ballplayers,” says Rogers.

Bringing entire families to not only stay in hotels but eat and shop.

The perfect blend of Portland.

"Portland has always been known as a great family town,” says Rogers.