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Dis­cov­er Puer­to Rico Pro­motes Sport­ing Events bring­ing $20M+ Windfall

| Discover Puerto Rico

A series of competitions for youth and collegiate athletes will generate more than $20 million for Puerto Rico’s economy and invigorate Puerto Rico’s development as a destination for sporting events and travel. Discover Puerto Rico announced. The events will take place between December 2022 and March 2023 and will promote the development of athletes from Puerto Rico and U.S. states in wrestling, swimming, gymnastics, and volleyball. Events, like the Laurie Hernández Champions Challenge and the National Collegiate Wrestling Championships are being held for the first time in Puerto Rico. This is one of the premier wrestling competitions at the collegiate level in the United States. “Puerto Rico is a proven destination handling high-caliber sporting events and producing world-class athletes. These events, in addition to boosting our tourism industry, contribute to the development of talent both locally and outside Puerto Rico,” said Discover Puerto Rico CEO Brad Dean. "We’re honored to host these events, and we are eager to see the talent of so many young athletes at our sports facilities,” said Dean. Hosting sports events in Puerto Rico is an essential part of the strategies to attract visitors to the island and is directed by Discover Puerto Rico’s Senior Sales Manager, Carlos Deliz.

The Laurie Hernández Champions Challenge 2022.
This gymnastics competition is going to be celebrated for the first time at the Puerto Rico Convention Center Dec. 15-18. This event is expected to generate some 1,195 room nights and an economic impact of $900,000, Discover Puerto Rico stated.

National Collegiate Wrestling Association Championships
The Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan will be transformed into a wrestling competition center where from March 9-11, 2023, the National Collegiate Wrestling Championships will be contested. This is the first time that the main event of this association, which brings together more than 150 American universities and educational centers, will be held outside the continental United States. It is estimated that participants and visitors to the event will generate some 2,000 room nights and generate more than $1.8 million for the local economy. Puerto Rico’s selection took place in collaboration with UPR’s sports director in Río Piedras, José Betancourt, and Jerry Orsini, who will serve as the organizer of the event in Puerto Rico