HALIFAX - Halifax is hoping to win hosting rights for a major golfing event that could generate millions in economic activity for the province next year.
On Tuesday, regional council agreed to commit $300,000 this year and next towards a bid to host the Web.com Tour next summer, presented by SportBox Entertainment Group.
“There’s going to be a lot of excitement in Halifax around this,” Mayor Mike Savage said after the motion was carried.
The Web.com Tour is the “official development circuit for players to reach the PGA tour,” according to a staff report.
The province and federal government will each chip in a third of the $900,000 required to complete the bid.
HRM’s share will come from the Marketing Levy Special Events Reserve, a fund drawn from hotel taxes.
The event takes place in early July and includes a charity tournament, the Canada Cup match featuring top three Canadians in the PGA, and four days of competition.
“This will gain the HRM tremendous attention through the sports world,” said Coun. Barry Dalrymple, adding that the event would coincide with the Nova Scotia International Tattoo. “Downtown should be absolutely alive and hopping.”
If Halifax wins the bid, a local golf course would host in 2014 and 2015, with an option for 2016.
Each event could bring in 20,000 spectators, resulting in an estimated $3.6 million increase in economic activity province-wide.
- by Haley Ryan - Metro Halifax