• Media Coverage of X Games in Minneapolis Boosts Tourism

     
    POSTED July 25, 2017
     

On July 13-16, U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis hosted the X Games for the first year of a two-year hosting. The X Games are expected to bring 100,000 people to Minneapolis and the Mall of America over the weekend, which will give national and international media exposure; as well as the 8,300 hospitality and tourism jobs that the X Games will bring to the city.

18.5 hours of coverage aired on multiple platforms, including television in 210 countries and territories, with live coverage in Latin America, Middle East, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Africa, Australia, Canada, Caribbean, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Japan, Spain, Sweden and France. Other coverage included the ESPN app, ESPN3, XGames.com, the X Games app, and X Games social media pages. Samsung VR service also broadcasted the X Games in virtual reality. On July 22, ABC will air 4 hours of anthology programming as a part of the World of X Games Series.

“After 18 months of planning and building excitement, we’re thrilled to finally welcome X Games athletes, staff and fans to Minneapolis,” says Melvin Tennant, president and CEO, Meet Minneapolis. “Working with the X Games team from ESPN could not have been a better experience, and we hope that the event’s success this week will encourage them to consider returning beyond 2018 to Minneapolis."

On May 4, Knowland, a provider of meetings and events intelligence data, released its monthly report for April 2022. The data showed a significant increase in meetings activity, with a 323% increase over April 2021, including a 3.7% recovery of events from March to April 2022.

Additional information included:

•     In April 2022, the average number of attendees per event was 118, compared to 63 in April 2021 and 74 in April 2019.

 

Meetings & Events Pulse Survey also reveals that a majority of companies are currently hiring.

 

The SaaS platform, Wix.com, has released a new builder for business owners, planners and venue operators to create customized seating maps. Users can also assign ticket pricing based on the location of individual seats, and any variation of seating can be mapped, including tables, rows of seats, areas with general seating (e.g., a standing-room-only area), reserved VIP sections, or a combination of options.