Sports Tourism Updates

McAllen continues to prove itself as a premier destination for sports tourism in Texas.

The recently opened McAllen Youth Baseball Complex hosted C&C Sports Winter Nationals Tournament March 8-9, after being rescheduled due to inclement weather in January. The 40-team tournament saw 10 visiting teams coming from Laredo and Corpus Christi.

The next tournament with teams traveling from outside the Rio Grande Valley will be held on May 4-5, 2019.  The USSSA-sanctioned baseball tournament is expected to have 40 teams participating in the Cinco de Mayo Tournament.

Cinco de Mayo weekend is turning out to be a sports-driven weekend, with the local Tigres Soccer Club set to host its International Soccer Tournament at the McAllen Sports Park. The event will have an estimated 70 teams vying for the championship, with 30 teams coming from Mexico.

In a partnership with McAllen Independent School District, the UIL 5A Region IV Boys & Girls Golf Championships will be held in McAllen April 12-13, 2019. The state-qualifying tournament will take place at the Palm View and McAllen Country Club Golf Courses.

Also in April, Atlas Soccer will host its Spring Tournament April 20-21, 2019. The annual tournament is expected to draw 60 teams with 20 visiting teams from Mexico. In other sports news, the Youth Fast Pitch Softball Park is expected to be ready for play August 2019, and the CVB team is actively seeking partnerships with local tournament directors and the McAllen Boys & Girls Club to make the tournament-quality park a destination for visiting teams.

Film Industry Interested in McAllen

Several film projects are showing an interest in McAllen, and for many different reasons. From tacos to butterflies to helping tell the true story of all our wonderful city has to offer, the bright lights are shining on McAllen.

Exposure such as this is valuable in offsetting the rampant misperceptions about the South Texas region, and McAllen specifically.

Eight different film projects have reached out to Visit McAllen in the past 2 months, as well as numerous print and electronic free positive coverage opportunities.

McAllen Hotels Awarded Bid from Wells Vehicle Electronics

Wells Vehicle Electronics has selected McAllen hotels to lodge a rotation of its teams from 2019 to 2020. The first team is set to arrive February 2019.

 

For almost two years rotations of consultants and engineers from Wells’ parent company (NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD., headquartered in Nagoya, Japan) will serve its manufacturing plant in Reynosa, Mexico, while lodging in McAllen- generating an estimated $571,230 for local businesses.

 

“McAllen hotels have been honored to host executives from Wells since the 80’s,” said Lisa Ramirez, Sales Manager for the McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Convention & Visitors Bureau. “This will be the company’s largest group and longest stay with over 5,700 hotel room nights.”

 

Wells is a global manufacturer and supplier of advanced vehicle electronics components for automotive original equipment and replacement applications. Founded in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin in 1903, and acquired by NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. in 2015, Wells operates a state-of-the-art headquarters and electronics manufacturing facility in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, a product distribution center in Centerville, Iowa, and an additional manufacturing plant in Reynosa, Mexico. It was thirty years ago that Wells broke ground in a nearly empty industrial park in Reynosa, Mexico. Today, hundreds more have joined the company. The Reynosa plant is home to state-of-the-art thermoplastic injection presses and manufacturing of end assembly engine management parts for today’s automotive, agricultural and off road vehicles segments. To learn more about Wells, please visit WellsVE.com.

 

“Lisa Ramirez was instrumental in helping me determine the best option for housing our teams. Her research helped me evaluate the options and move forward confidently,” said Brian Aho, Director of Manufacturing and Quality for Wells Vehicle Electronics. “Wells Vehicle Electronics is very excited about our new business growth opportunities in the McAllen region which will bring long term sustainability to our organization and employees.”

 

“We are delighted to have the Wells team with us here in McAllen for a longer presence, and will continue to do all we can to ensure that their time in our city is not only productive, but also enjoyable so that they become ambassadors for us when they return home,” Ramirez said.

 

If your organization is in need of long or short term housing, please contact the McAllen Convention & Visitors Bureau at 956-682-2871.

 

Brian Aho

Brian Aho, Wells Vehicle Electronics

Sales Team Attends Southwest Showcase

 

The Visit McAllen sales team participated in the Texas Society of Association Executives 2019 Southwest Showcase in January in an effort to promote McAllen as the premier conference destination in South Texas.

 

The event is designed for CEOs, meeting planners, education directors, exhibition managers and other support staff from associations, government entities and corporations. It provides them with the opportunity to receive professional development and meet with suppliers who can address their meeting and event needs in one day, at one place.

 

Visit McAllen along with representatives from the McAllen Convention Center had an exhibitors booth at the conference, highlighting its “I Know A Place” marketing campaign and was successful in bringing awareness to the city and the various amenities that make McAllen an ideal conference destination.

 

“Our message to planners is that we will help your conference be a success by offering first-class facilities, ensuring high attendance and creating a memorable experience for everyone involved,” said Robert Lopez, Director of Sales, Visit McAllen.

 

The team was able to connect with more than 50 planners and event organizers throughout the state and plan on attending Southwest Showcase in 2020.

 

To learn more about the conference and find out how you can be involved next year, contact one of the Visit McAllen sales team members at 956-682-2871.

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Upcoming Sales Events – January 2019

January 2019 sales trips the Visit McAllen team has planned:

 

Chicago Outdoor Adventure Show – January 12 – 13, 2019 in Chicago

 

Southwest Showcase – January 23, 2018 in Austin, Texas

 

Space Coast Birding  & Wildlife Festival –  January 23 – 28, 2019 in Titusville, Florida

 

American Bus Association ABA Marketplace –  January 25-29, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky

6th Annual Summer Relaxation Celebration

6th Annual Summer Relaxation Celebration

This is a reminder about our Summer Relaxation Celebration. If you want to participate, contact Leigh Wooldridge (lwooldridge@visitmcallen.com). Space is limited, so reserve your spot soon!

6th Annual Summer Relaxation Celebration

June 13, 2019

5:00 – 7:00pm

Hiatus Spa & Retreat

Austin, Texas

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Southwest Showcase Getaway Packages

We are thrilled about participating in Southwest Showcase again and have strategic giveaways for meeting planners! Interested in teaming up? Look over the themed getaway packages below, and email Leigh Wooldridge (lwooldridge@visitmcallen.com) before  Tuesday, January 15, 2019 to reserve your sponsorship and arrange the details.

 

We are asking participating hotels to donate a free two-night stay during the event. We will provide tickets to the event! The packages are limited and available on a first-come-first serve basis.

 

MXLAN Getaway Package (event dates: July 24th-28th 2019)

 

Taste McAllen Getaway (event date: April 4, 2019)

 

Performing Arts Getaway Package (dates to correspond with a show: https://www.mcallenconventioncenter.net/events/)

 

Nature Getaway Package (flexible dates)

 

Shopping & Dinning Getaway Package (flexible dates)