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September brings big business to downtown

It's been a busy month for the city of Augusta with Arts in the Heart, and now downtown is gearing up for the IronMan Challenge and the Westobou Festival.

According to the Augusta Convention and Visitor's Bureau, tourists are expecting to bring in $9 million to the city of Augusta for the month of September, a number officials said could make this their best September yet.

"Fall is typically a busy time for us, as is the spring. But we've had some great numbers this summer as well so things overall are just moving in a very positive direction," said Barry White, President and CEO of the Augusta Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

With Arts in the Heart bringing in a crowd of 80,000 people and the upcoming IronMan Race bringing in close to 8,000 competitors, September has shaped up to be a pretty busy month.

"I'm thinking we're going to have one of the top Septembers we've ever had," he said.

With people coming in from across the southeast and even from the other side of the country, this means big spending in food and hotels all across the CSRA.

"Hotels all across the region will be used, not just in Augusta and Columbia County, but probably in Thomson and some other areas as well," said White.  

This expected $9 million in visitor spending is something that the Visitor's Bureau hopes will continue the push for locals and out of towners to keep attending events in downtown.

"Any bit of awareness that we can bring to downtown certainly helps. Downtown, and just street closings here recently...the vendors I think and the businesses have benefited when all these people are just basically delivered to their doorstep," White said. 

The Visitor's Bureau is still crunching the numbers for the month of September to see the total revenue that visitor's brought in, and they said they'll also be sending out their October projection numbers sometime next week.

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