Faith-based youth events help stimulate the city’s economy

While sporting tournaments like softball, baseball, soccer and tennis are mainstays for the Beaumont economy, the city is also a hot spot for youth meetings and events, according to the Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Beaumont has become a huge draw for faith-based youth groups, in part because it delivers affordable accommodations, family-friendly attractions, and offers easy accessibility between venues, restaurants, hotels, churches and other entertainment options that youth love, the CVB says.
Beaumont’s religious youth meetings are big business, drawing youth groups, high school students and college kids who are active in their faith and in their church ministries.
In fact, according to Rebecca Woodland, convention sales manager for the Beaumont CVB, three religious events in particular are key in stimulating the local economy: Hot Hearts, Region 10 Catholic Youth Conference, and Baptist Missionary & Education State Congress of Christian Education.
Rather than flying, most youth groups pack into church vans and pile onto school buses to drive to regional faith-based conventions and conferences, said Woodland, who added Beaumont’s proximity to the interstate makes it a perfect location.
According to Woodland, when it comes to Estimated Economic Impact (EEI), Hot Hearts generates around $884,000 for the local economy, Region 10 Catholic Youth Conference $364,480, and Baptist Missionary & Education State Congress of Christian Education $168,300.
“At the Beaumont CVB, we quantify the economic benefits generated by our convention sales and marketing efforts to bring overnight meetings to Beaumont,” Woodland said. “Our estimated economic impact calculation of each conference shows how out-of-town visitors spend money at our local hotels, restaurants, retail, local attractions, and on fuel and transportation — all of which supports local jobs and generates additional tax revenues for the City of Beaumont.”
Woodland further states that, “This expenditure by visitors for food, lodging, transportation, shopping, and entertainment is calculated to be the ‘average spending by a visitor per day’ and is part of the value that the Beaumont CVB tracks as Estimated Economic Impact for that particular meeting.”
Most tourism calculations for the economic impact of visitor spending on the local economy are based on number of visitors multiplied by an average spending by visitor per day multiplied by the number of days for that event.
Because of the large arena, exhibit hall and complimentary parking at Ford Park Event Center, the Beaumont CVB Convention Sales Team has been able to book several faith-based youth groups.

Hot Hearts

Originally planned as a one-time event, Hot Hearts has become widely known as the premiere faith-based student conference in Southeast Texas, and in 2017, hosted its 30th annual conference for over 8,000 people who attended a high-energy weekend full of inspiring and contemporary Christian music, prayer and spreading the message from the Gospels.

Region Catholic Youth Conference

Region 10 Catholic Youth Conference (RCYC) was held in Beaumont in fall 2016, after the Beaumont CVB successfully put a bid package together and worked with the local Diocese of Beaumont Youth Ministries Department to host over 1,400 Catholic youth, ministers, chaperones and parents from all over Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Baptist Missionary & Education State Convention

Due to the success of Beaumont’s hosting the Baptist Missionary & Education State Convention (BME) in 2014, this faith-based organization is returning to Beaumont for their 2018 meeting. The local Missionary Baptist Church takes full advantage of the Beaumont CVB’s Conventions Sales complimentary services from the initial planning stages when planning this youth conference to be held in Beaumont.
For more information contact Rebecca Woodland, Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Convention Sales Manager at (409) 880-3749 or rwoodland@beaumonttexas.gov. Learn more about the Beaumont CVB at www.beaumontcvb.com.

Photo by Eleanor Skelton - Hot Hearts 2016

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