Niagara Falls, NY — This week, Niagara Falls USA is hosting the World Karate Commission (WKC) Championships at the Conference & Event Center of Niagara Falls. This internationally recognized event will bring approximately 2,000 families to the city from across the country and the world.
The WKC World Championships are an annual martial arts competition where competitors from all over the world assemble to test their skills against the of the best in their particular discipline. In order to be eligible to attend, competitors must be selected to represent their country by their respective National Team President by competing at either National Championships, training camps or a series of regional tournaments.
John Percy, President & CEO kicked off opening ceremonies this morning with a welcome address alongside Mayor Paul Dyster. Percy said, “We are thrilled to welcome the WKC World Championships to Niagara Falls USA. Being able to attract an event of this size and prestige is a true testament to the growth and development of our destination. We look forward to working with our local partners to continue to attract conferences and events of this magnitude that contribute so substantially to the local economy.”
A majority of the competition and seminars will take place at the Conference & Event Center as well as well as the Sheraton Niagara Falls. The Sheraton Niagara Falls and Wyndham Garden are the host hotels for this event but with the high number of attendees, other hotel properties across Niagara Falls USA will host competitors and their families as well. The total estimated economic impact is $1.9 million.
Destination Niagara USA works to ensure Niagara County is a preferred international destination for group and leisure travel. It supports its mission to expand the economic prosperity of Niagara County by generating individual and group visitation. For more information, visit NiagaraFallsUSA.com.