City releases third episode of Ventura Voices Podcast, featuring full details on X Games Ventura

The City of Ventura released the third episode of its new podcast, Ventura Voices. The latest episode features an in-depth interview with Ventura’s Economic Development Manager, Meredith Hart, and Visit Ventura’s President and CEO, Marlyss Auster. Community members can listen to the episode on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Amazon Music, or watch it on the City’s YouTube channel.

In this episode, Meredith and Marlyss are enthusiastic about returning the X Games to Ventura for a second consecutive year. They discuss the significant economic benefits this event brings to the community and highlight new features of the 2024 event, including an expanded event floor plan, musical performances, new sporting events, drone shows, a free shuttle and parking sites, plus a variety of free community events throughout Ventura.

“It was exciting to give an inside look at what it takes to host one of the most thrilling sports events in the world right here in Ventura and what’s new this year with X Games Ventura,” said Meredith Hart, Ventura’s Economic Development Manager. “Hosting the X Games requires a true team effort, and we are proud to partner with Visit Ventura and other local organizations to ensure a successful event that benefits our local businesses and community members.”

Episode three of Ventura Voices also underscores the significant economic impact of the event, drawing visitors and offering opportunities to support local shops, restaurants, and service providers.

Last year’s X Games event drew 52,000 attendees, generating approximately $6.4 million for Ventura County’s economy, with $5 million spent in Ventura. The event staff contributed significantly, accounting for more than 2,700 hotel nights and over $900,000 in hotel spending. More participants are expected this year, with plans for 5,100 hotel nights.

Tune in to learn more and receive a special discount code for listeners. X Games Ventura returns to the Ventura County Fairgrounds from June 28-30, 2024.

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