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January tourism impact expected to be $2.8 million

Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 4:41 PM
Last updated 7:36 PM
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Augusta tourism officials expect $2.8 million in visitor spending in January.

Tourism will beat activity from a year ago by about $500,000, according to information provided by the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Augusta Sports Council.

Direct visitor spending is based on the number of occupied overnight hotel rooms by guests in town for meetings, reunions and other events.

For January, the big driver of visitor cash will be the Augusta Cutting Horse Futurity from Jan. 18-25. The attendance is estimated at 2,700 with an impact of $1.2 million. The South Carolina Methodist State Basketball Tournament will bring in 1,500 people with a $303,000 impact.

In January 2013, the estimated visitor spending was $2.4 million, much higher than the $664,000 reported in January 2011.

For 2013, the estimated impact was $31.3 million. The agencies, however, do not include an estimate of the visitor impact from the Masters Tournament in April.

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David Parker
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David Parker 01/02/14 - 09:12 am
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Futurity TIME!! wootie

Futurity TIME!! wootie

GuyGene
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GuyGene 01/02/14 - 09:21 am
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$31.3 million?

I think y'all meant $3.1 million for last January? Anyway, good.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/02/14 - 09:36 am
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None of this $$ windfall will affect the financial demise of ARC
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None of the $$ will make it to south Richmond County.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/02/14 - 09:37 am
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Some of it could be used to fix the Toys R Us parking lot.
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Some of it could be used to fix the Toys R Us parking lot.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/02/14 - 09:47 am
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Basketball in the TEE?

So they're going to use the Convention Center (TEE) to play basketball in?

Dixieman
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Dixieman 01/02/14 - 03:30 pm
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It's all good

How much are we expecting from Masters Week this year?

jbarrychristian
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jbarrychristian 01/03/14 - 09:13 am
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Read it again

GuyGene,
It says that it was $2.4 million for January of 2013.
The $31.3 million figure was for all of 2013.

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