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Aug 21, 2012


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Andrew Brod

As I noted in the linked thread, it's possible that the Greensboro CVB intends for the $228/$114 numbers to include multipliers as well as direct effects, which would be odd if true, but never mind that for now. It would also imply that Greensboro's numbers don't allow an apples-to-apples comparison with those of other cities.

Ed Cone

More clarity on the GSO formula would be welcome.

As always, I hope professional reporters and dedicated amateurs might take up the questions raised here.

Don Moore

How can we ever get real numbers from private businesses? Who to say that Aunt Betty's funeral didn't draw more people from out of town that the AT&T Diving Championship?


The $114/day for Greensboro day trippers seems inflated. That's $38/meal for three meals. More realistically and average would be $5 for breakfast, $10 for Lunch and $15-20 for dinner which is $30-35 for food. toss in another $20 for drinks and a snack at the venue and it's $50-55 or $5 lower if they eat breakfast at home before coming to town.

The $60 or so difference with the IFYI $114 assumes they either tank up on gas or go shopping.

And the $114 overnight fee indicates higher than avg. priced hotels, but I guess that's the price one pays to avoid bed bugs.


Who was AT&T competing against? Verizon? Sprint?


We always count a minimum of $300 for a 2.5 or 3 day, 2 night stay at an out of town swim meet. Which thankfully we have far fewer of these days. (Thank you Greensboro!). I imagine soccer and baseball types could chip in here with even more info.

We usually see Hotels at $90 - $100/per night. Some times breakfast is free but many times we are out the door for warm ups before the %$#@ Breakfast bar is even up and running. As above lunch is easy $8-10 per with dinner running quite the gamut depending on many factors (mood, timing, location, etc). But the above estimate of $20 seems a good average. Then there is gas, miscellaneous and even an occasional shopping foray (yuck).

As for our family, sometimes there is/was 2 of us. Sometimes 3 and rarely (now never) 4.

I too would like more realistic (real)numbers and would love for all cities to use the same basic if not at least similar formulas. But I doubt either is ever going to happen.

Information is good and solid information is even better. Never liked (and still dont) some of the BS associated with this whole debate. I trust most folks to make good informed decisions when their info is good.

Whatever the case may be, I am glad to see out of towners and locals spending their moola here (Swim, Dive, Golf, Track, Furniture, Baseball, Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse, Concerts, Fairs, Shows, Circus, X-Factor, the Wrasslin, Flea market, Whatever!)

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