COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
After being canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic, the Present-Me-State Video games are coming again to Columbia. This return will influence hospitality companies that profit from giant occasions bringing individuals into town.
Again in 2019, the Columbia Conference and Guests Bureau reported greater than 20,000 athletes had been concerned, bringing a complete of about 57,000 individuals to Columbia. However final 12 months, companies missed out on the $10 million financial influence because of the pandemic.
Now, the video games are again and a spokeswoman for the bureau, Megan McConachie, stated it will have a big impact on the recovering economic system.
“This undoubtedly brings individuals in to Columbia from throughout our state, they arrive in they spend the night time in our motels, they dine in our eating places, they store in our shops so this does have a constructive influence on our economic system,” McConachie stated.
First with commencement and now shifting into the summer season with the Present-Me State Video games, she stated Columbia’s economic system is popping a nook.
“Having these form of occasions just like the Missouri State Senior video games again in Columbia and working once more this 12 months undoubtedly goes to have an effect on particularly these hospitality companies who do depend upon the bigger inflow of individuals into our group,” McConachie stated.
Volunteers are still needed for this weekend. The Missouri State Senior Video games begin Thursday and undergo June 13. Present-Me State Video games week one begins June 16 and week two begins July 23.
The annual sporting occasion is comprised of greater than 40 occasions and held all through Columbia.