Nearly $6 million expected in September tourism

The Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau expects nearly $6 million to be pumped into the economy through spending by event visitors in September.


In a month filled with Arts in the Heart of Augusta and the Westobou Festival, it is the annual Ironman competition that will draw the most visitors and have the greastest impact, about $4 million, the bureau reported.

According to the monthy visitors’ report, the bureau expects 4,000 people to be in Augusta for the ESi Ironman 70.3 on Sept. 25.

Beginning Sept. 25 and running until Oct. 2 is the United House of Prayer for All People 2011 fall convention, which will bring in 3,000 visitors and result in $778,000 in economic impact.

The visitors bureau only counts the 100 vendors that will come to Augusta for the Arts in the Heart weekend, Sept. 16-18.

More than 900 tennis players will be in the metro area over Labor Day weekend for a junior tournament, $262,000 in visitor spending, and 500 people will arrive for an annual teachers conference for those that teach English to people who speak other languages, $101,000 in spending.