Winter Equestrian Festival Named Economic Impact Champion

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Sports Destination Management recently singled out the Winter Equestrian Festival for its economic impact.

Wellington’s Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) has been named one of Management of sports destinations Economic Impact Champions in Sports Tourism – Big Market. Management of sports destinationsa leading sports industry publication, annually awards a variety of sporting events in small, medium and large markets.

The WEF, held at Wellington International, attracts participants from more than 35 countries and 40 states each year. The event is considered the country’s premier international equestrian competition and has a direct economic impact from the thousands of people involved or spectators at the competition, as well as an indirect impact from those who buy or build a house and barn in the area. . In 2022, $183.7 million in direct visitor spending and 195,671 room nights were generated during the event. The Palm Beach County Athletic Commission has partnered in support of the WEF since 1994. Not only is the WEF the largest annual sporting event in Palm Beach County, it is also the longest running equestrian event in the world, attracting national and international athletes.

Wellington International is the host site for this prestigious event. The center is considered the most recognizable equestrian sports venue in the United States. It covers a total of 500 acres and the competition arenas alone cover 80 acres. All 18 arenas feature state-of-the-art sand flooring, and the main arena is surrounded by stadium and box seating, as well as hospitality pavilions available for private events. The main grounds are home to over 250 permanent stalls, equestrian trails, walking trails, golf courses and dedicated shopping areas.

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