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AUG 2016

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Page 24 of 67 August 2016 25 Special Feature: 2016 NATURAL VENUES GUIDE the list goes on for top-notch options." You might be surprised at how many people can be involved in a major B.A.S.S. event. "We have drawn upwards of 34,000 people at our four-day Elite Series Tournament in, for instance, Waddington, New York," said Mu- lone. "The ability for B.A.S.S. to partner with I Love NY — the state tourism agency — as well as the local com- munities which host our events, make a three- way partnership which amplifies all of the destina- tions. Our hosts at tournament sites in New York continue to roll out the red carpet to welcome our anglers, fans, sponsors and media who attend the events." The 2016 Bassmaster Governor's Challenge fishing tournament took place in June to coincide with the B.A.S.S. Elite Series. "A haven for outdoor enthusi- asts, New York is home to the great Niagara Falls, high peaks of the Adiron- dack Mountains, and the award-winning Letchworth and Watkins Glen State Parks," said Gavin Landry, Empire State Development Executive Director of Tourism Gavin Landry. "There are countless mountains to climb, lakes to parasail, trails to snowmobile and wa- terfalls to explore, and we are fortunate to work with partners like B.A.S.S. to showcase the unparalleled experiences that await both residents and travelers in New York's 11 vacation regions." Major B.A.S.S. events get huge media attention in various sports pub- lications, including the organization's own TV show on ESPN2, "The Bassmasters." B.A.S.S. also has two magazines, Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times, with a combined readership of more than 4 mil- lion, and www., which gener- ates more than 9 million page views during tournament week alone, according to Mulone. B.A.S.S. has worked with dozens of state tourism organiza- tions on promot- ing their natural resources through its media plat- forms and events, including Pure Michigan, Ar- kansas PRT, and Alabama Tourism and the Alabama Bass Trail most notably, said Mulone. Knoxville, Tennessee: An "Urban Wilderness" Does the rel- ative lack of development and infrastructure surrounding some natural venues worry you as a sports event planner? Knox- ville, TN, may have just what you're looking for. ► WHERE DEDICATION TO YOUR SUCCESSFUL EVENT IS OUR BADGE OF HONOR. OPEN UP TO DEDICATION Just minutes north of Seattle, you'll find a great selection of sports venues for your event. In addition to complete event organization assistance, you'll find over 5,000 hotel rooms, endless outdoor adventures and unlimited opportunities for fun. Contact Tammy Dunn, CSEE at 888-338-0976, ext. 102

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