August 31, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DOWNTOWN BIZ’S SUMMER EVENTS GAVE 50,000 WINNIPEGGERS AWESOME REASONS TO EXPLORE THE CITY’S CORE
Downtown Winnipeg – From June to August, the Downtown BIZ hosted 138 events for downtown workers, visitors and tourists. A preliminary count shows an estimated 50,040 visits to the downtown – with people enjoying outdoor movie screenings, yoga and Zumba at some of downtown’s most cherished green spaces, and noon-hour concerts, in addition to the Downtown BIZ’s popular downtown tours which hosted visitors from Winnipeg, rural Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the United States, weekly farmers’ markets, and Canada Day Living Flag event, which reclaimed its national title as the “Largest Living Flag” in Canada. With the Downtown BIZ’s ManyFest street party just around the corner on September 11-13 and additional downtown tours, the total number of visits to downtown is expected to increase from 50,040 to over 100,000.
Downtown BIZ Events (from June to August)
- Fitness in the Park: 3,800 visits
- Downtown Farmers’ Market: 35,000 visits
- Downtown Concert Series: 1,200 visits
- Downtown Tours: 515 visits
- Downtown Drive-in: 675 visits
- Movies at Memorial Park: 5,000 visits
- Canada Day Living Flag: 3,850 visits
50 festivals take place in the downtown year-round, attracting well over 950,000 people annually.
In addition to these initiatives, several new events including Interstellar Rodeo, Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival, Aboriginal Music Week, and RibFest brought food, drinks, and entertainment to the downtown area with help from the Host It Downtown event funding program administered by Downtown BIZ.
“Our events add incredible value to the city and positioning downtown as the premier entertainment destination,” says Stefano Grande, Executive Director of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. “When people visit the downtown at all hours of the day, we are sure to see a more revitalized core and a local economy supported with a greater economic spend.”
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For more information, contact:
Jason Syvixay, Managing Director, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ
(204) 958-4635; firstname.lastname@example.org