Generic-WC-RGB-637x359The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau has booked a more than 70-day event due in large part to the city’s storied bowling past. The United States Bowling Congress recently announced that Cincinnati will host the 2024 Women’s Championships at the iconic Western Bowl Strike and Spare.

The event, which will account for nearly 25,000 hotel room nights, is one of the largest booked by the Cincinnati USA CVB in recent years. Approximately 450 to 500 bowlers and supporters will be in the Cincinnati region on any given night from May 1 through mid-July in 2024.

“To host an event of this size and over such an extended period of time is a tremendous opportunity. Not only will the competitors be able to experience all that our city has to offer, but Cincinnati will benefit significantly from the long-lasting influx of visitors to the region,” said Mike Laatsch, interim president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA CVB. “We’re looking forward to working with the USBC and the team at Western Bowl to create an exciting and memorable experience for this tournament.”

The USBC Women's Championships is the world's largest annual participatory sporting event for women. More than 16,000 bowlers compete each year, and along with family and friends provide a major economic boost to the host community. The extended flow of visitors throughout the Cincinnati region is expected to generate more than $7.4 million in economic impact.

“We are moving around the country again, and from 2019-2024 we will visit Wichita, Las Vegas, Chicago, Reno and, now, Cincinnati,” USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy said. “Cincinnati is a great bowling town and will deliver an incredible experience for our bowlers.”

The Cincinnati USA CVB teamed up with Western Bowl for the winning proposal to bring the annual tournament to Cincinnati for the third time in its history. The first Women’s Championships was held in 1916 in St. Louis and eight teams participated. Cincinnati was the second host city of the storied event, which took place at the Cincinnati Armory in 1918. It would return to Cincinnati in 1938, when Cressler Bowling Palace played host to 741 teams.

Western Bowl Strike and Spare, home of the 2024 tournament, is also the host site of the Hoinke Classic, a USBC-sanctioned tournament that has been running since 1943. The Hoinke Classic welcomes competitors from all over the world year after year, with consecutive payoffs of more than $1 million. The bowling alley has 68 lanes, making it a suitable location for the 2024 Women’s Championships.

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About the United States Bowling Congress
The United States Bowling Congress serves as the national governing body of bowling as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). USBC conducts championship events nationwide including the largest participation sporting events in the world – the USBC Open and Women’s Championships – and professional events such as the USBC Masters and USBC Queens. 

Founded in 1895, today USBC and its 2,500 state and local associations proudly serve more than a million members. USBC is headquartered in Arlington, Texas, working toward a future for the sport. The online home for USBC is

About the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau is a sales, marketing and service organization whose primary responsibility is to positively impact Hamilton County's and the City of Cincinnati's economy through convention, trade show and visitor expenditures. The travel and tourism industry traditionally has been a $5 billion industry in Cincinnati USA, employing 77,000 people in a variety of fields and bringing 26.1 million visitors to the region annually. Visit for more.