The mayor of Clarenville says hosting events like the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games help provide a big winter boost not just to the local economy, but to the community as a whole.

Mayor Frazer Russell said the recent week-long competition brought roughly 1,500 young athletes, parents and coaching staff to the region.

"Of course the hospitality industry in March month is not at all that great, and any time that you can get a boost in the local economy in the month of March of course is wonderful," he said.

But Russell said there is a much bigger bonus than mere dollars: town spirit is at an all-time high.

"We saw this as an opportunity for our town to showcase its facilities and to showcase its volunteers because it takes well over 500 volunteers to stage games like this," he said.

Russell said the next big event on the community's radar is the Allan Cup — the Canadian Seniors Men Triple A hockey championships — which is set to take place in Clarenville in 2015.