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Regional fishing tournament to reel dollars into Yuma

YUMA, ARIZONA -- For the first time ever, the Arizona State Chapter of the BASS Federation Nation will host its Western Divisional Tournament in Yuma May 17-21.

Tournament waters will be Martinez Lake and all connecting rivers, canals or other waters open to public fishing.  Best Western Inn Suites will serve as the tournament's off-water headquarters.

About 70 boats from 11 states are expected to participate, bringing up to 200 fishermen and their friends and family to the area for the week.

That means the Yuma area will reel in approximately 600 room nights and more than $200,000 in direct spending -- a much needed boost to the still-struggling local economy during what's typically a slow month for travel.  Indirect economic impact -- dollars passed on by those in the hospitality business who receive them directly -- is usually calculated to be about 1.5 times direct spending.

In addition, the tournament will get national news coverage in Bass Times Magazine and, part of the Web community.

"Lots of folks who don't think of Yuma as a fishing destination will be introduced to us through this tournament," said Chris Bedinger, convention & group sales coordinator for the Yuma Visitors Bureau.  "Not to mention that some of the best fishermen in the West will take home what we hope will be great 'fish tales' and positive impressions of their warm welcome to Yuma."

In addition to facilitating fishing, YVB also can assist Yumans in planning events such as meetings, receptions, conventions, or family or class reunions.  Both visitors and locals can find out more about things to do and see around the Yuma area at YVB's Visitor Information Center, now located at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot park, 201 N. 4th Avenue. 

Direct travel spending in Yuma County totaled nearly $600 million in 2008 and supported nearly 6,000 jobs.  Travel spending in the county also generated more than $36 million in taxes - money that didn't have to come from local residents.

YVB markets the Yuma area and its attractions within the travel and tourism industry and to the general public.

A nonprofit business organization governed by a volunteer board of directors, YVB has been in existence since 1992, and is funded in part by the hospitality tax collected by the City of Yuma.


Yuma Visitors Bureau press contact: Ann Walker, 928-376-0100 (office), 928-210-9044 (cell),

Yuma Visitors Bureau event contact: Chris Bedinger, 928-376-0100 (office); 928-919-2534 (cell),

Arizona BASS Federation National State Chapter: Kip Pollay, 928-671-0061

The Yuma Visitors Bureau is always happy to assist members of print, digital and broadcast media, either on assignment or pitching an idea with a Yuma angle.

Media Relations Specialist Ann Walker can suggest itineraries and facilitate visits, or provide you with the inspired details to help nail down an assignment.  We pride ourselves on always going "above and beyond."

You can download background and "anytime" materials below; dated press releases appear "most recent first" at left. Call or email us for photos and B-roll video.

YVB periodically hosts group and individual press trips, and is glad to partner with other Arizona or California DMOs to coordinate a visit to several regions.

For more information, contact Ann Walker at 928-376-0100 (office), 928-210-9044 (cell) or email Thanks for your interest in the Yuma area.

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Background info:

Fast Facts About YVB

 Fast Facts About Yuma 

Yuma history - narrative

Yuma historic timeline

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