Local tourism leaders are estimating that the Junior Olympics and the thousands of people who came to Lawrence for the events pumped more than $17 million into the northeast Kansas economy.
As the event concluded on Sunday, Lawrence’s convention and visitors bureau released a report estimating that just fewer than 25,000 people booked hotel rooms in Lawrence, Topeka, Kansas City and other parts of the region. Direct spending from those visitors totaled about $17.7 million. The report was for the entire region. A specific report on how many dollars were spent in Lawrence hasn’t yet been completed, but officials are optimistic Lawrence will receive a large share. Read more>