Category: Tourism

Downstate towns court multimillion-dollar travel sports market

By Jon Hurdle Special to Delaware Business Times Georgetown Mayor Bill West wants a place where local kids can play soccer, lacrosse and field hockey without driving long distances to compete, and which will boost the economy by attracting hundreds of their opponents from out of state. That’s why he’s backing a plan to build…

Since the Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau’s “Meet Me at Home” program started in February, only a couple of Delawareans have reached out to their business connections to bring national conventions back home. Tamara Thompson, acting city auditor for Wilmington, first heard of the program when she, coincidentally, phoned the visitors bureau for help…

(AP) — Organizers of a popular pumpkin-flinging competition in Delaware have canceled this year’s event following the filing of a federal lawsuit by a woman who was critically injured at last year’s event. The World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association said in online posts Wednesday that landowners who donate the use of their property for the…

The celebrated Budweiser Clydesdales will make appearances in Dewey Beach, Dover, Newark and Wilmington this week. The iconic horse team will strut through Dewey Beach tomorrow night at the town’s Great American Summer Celebration and Parade. The team will stage at Saulsbury Street at 5 p.m. Then they’ll head up to a pre-parade party at…

It’s been more than two years since the Delaware Tourism Office launched its new brand, “Endless Discoveries.” What’s been the feedback, and how has it contributed to the growth of tourism in Delaware?   The Endless Discoveries brand has most definitely been working. In September, FutureBrand, a mega-brand consulting firm, released a study that said…

By Michael Bradley Special to Delaware Business Times On a normal late-spring Saturday, Chelsea Tavern’s patio is a comfortable place to enjoy brunch or other refreshments. Patrons gather for casual dining and a comfortable weekend repast. And no fighting. That behavior is reserved for the May weekend, when the Wilmington Grand Prix cranks to life,…

An 11-member working group appointed by Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki delivered its first report on the future of Baynard Stadium. The sports stadium, located on West 18th Street in Brandywine Park, has stood for nearly a century as a landmark in the community. Mayor Purzycki tasked the group with coming up recommendations on how to bring new…

Ups and downs par for the course for golf industry

By Jim Finnegan Special to Delaware Business Times While the golf industry (both nationally and here in Delaware) continues to show signs it may have weathered the economic storm that rolled in around 2007, the landscape looks a lot different now than over a decade ago — when Tiger’s star illuminated the sport, and new…

Freeman sets the stage for summer entertainment

10-year-old venue has grown into major mecca for performing arts at the beach By Pam George Special to Delaware Business Times You’d expect to see comedian Jay Leno, The O’Jays, Ben Harper, Chicago and Blues Traveler in Philadelphia. It would be a coup to catch even a few of these acts at the Grand Opera…

The DE Turf Sports Complex, located in Milford, held its official ribbon cutting over the weekend. The ceremony capped off an eight-year effort to bring a major sports tourism destination to Delaware. The venue is the largest of its kind in the mid-Atlantic. “We saw a need for a sports tourism destination in Delaware,” said Bill…