March events expected to bring in nearly $2 million

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The Augusta area could see nearly $2 million generated from visitor spending in March.

The Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Augusta Sports Council expect visitors to spend about $1.9 million while attending meetings, reunions and events in Augusta this month, according to a news release.

Direct visitor spending is calculated by the number of occupied overnight hotel rooms.

The event expected to bring in the most is the ESi annual WebEOC Conference set for March 30-April 6 at the Augusta Convention Center, where 300 people are projected to attend the conference and spend $586,264.


Event: ESi annual WebEOC Conference, March 30-April 6, 300 attendees, $586,264 in visitor spending

Event: East Central Georgia Emergency Medical Services 2013 Changes Conference, March 30-April 6, 200 attendees, $406,847 in visitor spending

Event: The Jam Brands Georgia Peach Challenge, March 16-17, 2,000 attendees, $202,160 in visitor spending

Event: CSRA Shag Club’s annual Shag Classic, March 15-17, 550 attendees, $151,620 in visitor spending

Event: Mary Kay Inc. Career Conference, March 20-24, 2,000 attendees, $131,404 in visitor spending

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Riverman1 03/05/13 - 07:51 am
Let's Be Honest

It’s been said the TEE Center has 20 events lined up. I’d like an honest evaluation of the events such as is done with these few events described here. There have been what can be called 3 local events so far that lasted a day each. They are certainly not outside conventions that came here. The reason all this is so important is we were told if the TEE were built we would gain hundreds of millions of dollars in conventions and shows that would bring tourists into Augusta. If the 3 events are examples of the 20, I doubt that is what was intended. Another point is the Holistic Veterinary Care Convention is in late 2015. So I assume the 20 events are scheduled over the next couple of years? Let’s not be deceptive.

seenitB4 03/05/13 - 08:45 am
Let’s not be deceptive.

Just like saying...Lead us not into temptation......countyman is deceptive???

Riverman1 03/05/13 - 08:50 am
Effect on Other Venues

Concerning the TEE Center’s asserting they have 20 events lined up, what events could have been held at other venues? The Jam Brand cheerleading contest seems far more suited for the Bell. In fact what events have been at other venues in the past? Keep in mind we still have a Civic Center, Bell Auditorium, existing hotels and numerous other private venues that depend on the small events that the TEE Center will be diverting their way. Are events being diverted to the TEE and the MARRIOTT to make it appear it is being utilized at the expense of the other facilities while also ensuring the MARRIOTT gets the business?

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