Tulsa is nationally in the spotlight for sport and beauty as thousands of people are in town for the United States BMX Grand Nationals, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA.
Tulsa Regional Tourism said the economic impact of these events over a few days is between $ 13 million and $ 14 million. Organizers told News On 6 that Tulsa attracts more events because the city is centrally located, affordable and hospitable.
Over 3,000 competitors from 50 states and at least 25 countries are in Expo Square for the United States BMX Grand Nationals.
âSo biking, motocross, BMX racing is the highlight of it all,â explained John David with USA BMX.
David said this was the 24th consecutive year of hosting the event in Tulsa due to the partnerships and the people.
âThe hoteliers in this city are incredibly welcoming and our families love it,â said David. “Really, in the BMX world, when people think of Thanksgiving, they think of Tulsa.”
At the River Spirit Casino Resort, teams set the stage for Miss USA and Miss Teen USA.
âThis is going to have a very big impact not only on the facilities here, but on the city and the area,â said Pat Crofts of Muscogee (Creek) Nation Casinos.
Crofts said all 500 hotel rooms at River Spirit have been booked for weeks.
âThere is a multiplier effect,â Crofts said. “Everyone has to eat, they all arrived by plane, a lot of them went through airports.”
Ashleigh Bachert of Tulsa Regional Tourism told News On 6 that BMX competition has an economic impact of over $ 10 million, while Miss USA events have an impact of over $ 3 million.
âIt’s just a unique opportunity for a destination and a community of our size,â Bachert explained.
Bachert said these events could also attract visitors, jobs and residents.
âThe number of viewers we’re going to see, not just in the United States, but around the world is huge,â Bachert said.
Miss Teen USA ends on Saturday, the USA BMX Grand Nationals end on Sunday and the Miss USA finals are on Monday.