World Archery Indoor Championships boost business in Yankton

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YANKTON, S.D. - Much of the world is watching the 2018 Winter Olympics unfold in South Korea, but another world-class sporting event is about to begin right here in South Dakota.

Wednesday is opening day of the World Archery Indoor Championships in Yankton.

It is the first time the city has hosted this event at the NFAA Easton Archery Center.
300 athletes from 32 different countries are participating in the games.
Not only is this big for the archery community, it's a giant boost in business.

Business is booming in Yankton this week and hotels are packed full of travelers.

“Unfortunatly we don’t have any rooms tonight because of the archery tournament,” a Best Western Kelly Inn employee said on the phone.

General Manager Sarah Haberman says on a week day in February, that's not normally the case.

“This time of year is kind of our shoulder year, so we're very slow…Normal occupancy is going to be kind of like, you know, say 40 to 45 rooms. We have 121 rooms…So less than 50%,” Sarah Haberman said.

There are between 350 and 400 visitors in town for the championships.

“We know that the average international traveler spends about $200 a day,” Yankton CVB Director Kasi Haberman said.

She says that gives the local economy a serious shot in the arm.

“Then in turn that's going to give us an economic impact of about $850,000 to $900,000 from this one tournament,” Kasi Haberman said.

The tournament is not only helping boost business, it is strengthening Yankton’s reputation as an archery destination.

“Yankton is really becoming synonymous with archery,” she said.

And the CVB has their sights set on the town's future.

“These are a big deal for us, not only for the economic impact, but the exposure that we get and hopefully we can just continue to grow,” she said.

An idea the city's hospitality industry can support.

“It's fantastic and it's a lot of fun. So, it’s kind of a win-win,” Sarah Haberman said.

The NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center prepared for this week's games for two years.
They added on a 24,000 square foot indoor facility to accommodate the archers.

Yankton will also host the 2020 World Archery Field Championships.