Tennis Hall of Fame to generate $40-50 million for Newport
NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) — All eyes are on the Tennis Hall of Fame Open once again. The annual tradition in Newport marks one of their busiest weekends of the summer for tourism and consumers.
“After the Fourth of July week, this is probably the second most populated week in summer tourism,” said Evan Smith, president and CEO of Discover Newport. “A tournament like this is generating tens-of-millions of dollars. When you look at an economic impact study and the money that’s invested in multiple different things, you’d see an event like this is generating about 40-50 million dollars for the city.”
Smith said the event is expected to draw over 30,000 visitors over their eight days.
Newport’s Helly Hansen manager, Virginia Riordan, explained, “We try to look at every weekend like it’s a big weekend. Whether it’s the Tennis Hall of Fame event — We had the Newport Bermuda race just a few weeks ago and boat show in September. So, we look at it as every weekend is that opportunity to have big sales.”
“I think people are looking to make sure what their purchasing is exactly what they want. Even though people may be coming in just browsing, we get the opportunities to show off the products, share information about the products, and turn a lot of those browsers into shoppers so they will turn around and buy things,” Riordan concluded.