Ontario 55+ Summer Games kick off tonight
Organizers hope the event will bring more tourists to the region
The Ontario 55+ Summer Games kick off in Amhersburg this Tuesday.
The competition, which is bringing about 1,400 athletes in 18 sports to the area for the next two days, will be co-hosted by Windsor with some events taking places around the city.
Local tourism boards and agencies hope the event will draw more people to the region.
Games include events such as lawn bowling, cycling, darts, swimming and horseshoe competitions.
"This audience is different, they're all 55-plus. In fact, they're right in the demographic of the promotion to have people move to this region as a retirement destination so some of what we set up for these games is very tourism focused, showing them a lot of the region," said Cal Little, the co-chair of the games.
Little said Amherstburg wants to provide a good social experience for the people that are coming for the games.
"There will be wine tours, historic tours, and we're noticing that a lot of the participants are taking advantage and staying in the Windsor-Essex region longer than just the games," explains Anne Rota with Amherstburg Tourism and Culture.
She said 400 people have registered for an extended stay in the region.
The opening ceremonies take place Tuesday night at Libro Credit Union Centre at 5 p.m.