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Davis Cup to generate more than $7.1 million in visitor spending

    With more than 60 percent of ticket buyers coming from outside the state, the Oregon Sports Authority estimates that the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Final will inject a minimum of $7.1 million in direct visitor spending into Oregon’s economy.  Thousands of tennis enthusiasts from across the globe, and from 47 states across the nation, have purchased tickets to attend the Davis Cup World Final on November 30 – December 2 at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum. 
     
    “It’s a phenomenal figure, by far the highest percentage of out-of-state spectators we’ve ever seen for an event,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority.  “The Davis Cup is bringing thousands of tourists — and their discretionary dollars — to Oregon, not to mention elevating the state onto the world sports stage in front of tens of millions of TV viewers from around the globe.”
     
    In addition to the thousands of spectators visiting Oregon, the Davis Cup hotel block for team delegations, officials, media and sponsors totals 3,848 room nights.  The total projected visitor spending of $7.1 million includes only the estimated lodging, restaurant, retail, entertainment and local transportation expenditures for both Davis Cup spectators and those in the Davis Cup hotel blocks.  Oregon will also gain substantial tourism exposure through abundant worldwide television and media coverage.  The Davis Cup will be broadcast in at least 174 countries, and be covered by countless print, television and electronic media outlets throughout the world, producing immeasurable tourism benefits for the city and state.

    “It was wonderful to hear that Portland had been chosen to host the Davis Cup final between the U.S. and Russia,” said Brian McCartin, executive vice president of convention and tourism sales for the Portland Oregon Visitors Association.  “In addition to filling hotel rooms and restaurants with attendees, media coverage of this event is sure to focus a very positive spotlight on our region.”

    “The City of Portland is ecstatic about hosting the 2007 Davis Cup Final,” said Portland Mayor Tom Potter.  “It is an honor to welcome the international tennis community to the Rose City and a thrill to show off Portland to the world.  In my opinion, Portland fans are the best.  Their infectious energy and enthusiasm will overtake the Memorial Coliseum this weekend.”
     
    The Oregon Sports Authority has a limited number of special 3-day ticket packages still available for the Davis Cup.  Those interested can contact info@oregonsports.org/ or 503.234.4500 for further information.
     
    The 2007 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Final between the United States and defending champion Russia begins Friday at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum.  It marks the first time since 1992 that the U.S. has hosted the World Group Final.  Visit USTA.com for additional information.
     
    The mission of the Oregon Sports Authority is to position the state of Oregon as the preferred location for select amateur and professional sports events, franchises and related activities in order to enhance the quality of life of Oregonians and to stimulate the state’s economy. 

     — Oregon Sports Authority News Release, November 28, 2007


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