Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships Powered by Margaritaville Wins Sports Tourism Award

NAPLES, Fla., March 14, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships Powered by Margaritaville, a world-class, international competition, return to East Naples Community Park in Naples, Florida, has been named a Champion of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism by Sports Destination Management Magazine.

Sports Destination Management, the leading publication with the largest circulation of sports event planners and tournament directors in the sports tourism market, honors top-earning sports events each year. Tournaments create an economic ‘win’ for the cities hosting them by increasing business in hotels, shops, restaurants and attractions, by generating sales of products relating to the tournament, and by growing awareness of communities as sports and vacation destinations.

The 2018 Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships Powered by Margaritaville had a total economic impact of $4,500,000, creating an economic boon for Collier County. It additionally generated 9,429 room nights, making it one of the year’s top earners, and brought in approximately 11,000 spectators and 2200 participants.

The event, sponsored by the Minto Communities, additionally brings in visitors who are interested in relocating to the Naples, Florida, area. The company offers new homes on the Isles of Collier, many of which are adjacent to the East Naples Community Park. Minto Homes also has eight private pickleball courts for residents’ use. They also have created the #1 over 55 community with Latitude Margaritaville properties in Daytona Beach, Hilton Head, and more to be announced.

All winners of awards were recognized in a special feature in Sports Destination Management. The entire article with full details on the winners listed below can also be found online along with a special feature on economic impact.

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The Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships have been exceeding organizers’ expectations ever since the inaugural event. The event has continued to surpass its own records each year, and this year, will see more than 2,200 athletes coming from 48 states and 16 countries.

This year’s event sold out in all registration categories in only three hours, something no other racquet or paddle sport – and few other sports of any kind – can claim.

“We are really honored to have been recognized as one of the 2018 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism,” stated Terri Graham, the event’s founder. “Each year, the tournament has grown, drawing an increasingly competitive field. We are also pleased at the way our expo has been growing each year.”

The upcoming event, to be held April 27-May 4, 2019, has already sold out and is on track to be another economic success, says Graham.

Background Information:
Minto US OPEN PickleballChampionships: The Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships is organized by Spirit Promotions, LLC, a company formed by Terri Graham, president, and Chris Evon, executive director, in 2015.
Information on the Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships is available on the event’s website,, where visitors can also sign up for e-mail updates about the tournament. For sponsor or other information, e-mail Terri Graham at terri(at)

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