The U.S. Open is not just providing excitement around the top professional golfers in the world hitting golf balls; it’s providing a big boost to the region’s economy too! Economic analysts project consumer spending related to the U.S. Open could surpass $100 million throughout the Delaware Valley, and positively impact hotels, restaurants, retails stores and entertainment venues throughout our region! Sounds like a hole-in-one to me.
The weeklong event is estimated to draw as many as 200,000 people to the Philadelphia area, boost the economy and create a multitude of memories for golf lovers. CBS reporter, Brad Segall, wrote that all businesses close to Merion Golf Club have been reporting sharp increases in sales. The Brandywine Conference and Visitors Bureau Executive Director, Tore Fiore, stated that hotels throughout the area will see the biggest impact in years during the tournament.
Restaurant owners throughout the region have been gearing up for weeks. Foobooz, a food and drink blog owned and operated by Philadelphia magazine even created a U.S. Open Eating Guide including 32 restaurants featuring U.S. Open specialty menus and deals promoting the tournament for spectators to enjoy.
Possibly more important, is the chance to influence the nation’s opinion of the Delaware Valley. With an influx of nearly a quarter million visitors, local business owners are excited for the chance to showcase their goods, services and unique “Yo Philly” attitudes.
My personal advice to visitors: Soak in Philly’s edginess while enjoying the golf and a week filled with hoagies, cheesesteaks, tomato pies and food trucks! Don’t forget, we threw snowballs at Santa Claus, yo!
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