Columbus Wins Big Tourist Dollars - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Columbus Wins Big Tourist Dollars

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) - 30,000 people poured more than $1 million into the Columbus economy this weekend, braving the heat to enjoy everything the city had to offer.

"It ranged from the Aflac Outdoor Games, to the opening of National Infantry Museum, other sports events, family reunions and even "Family Day in the Park. You name it, there was something for everyone, and it meant big dollars for the city," said Peter Bowden, the director of the Columbus Convention and Visitors' Bureau.

The Aflac Outdoor Games brought plenty of money and people to the Fountain City, but more benefits are expected when the program finally hits the national airwaves on ESPN.

"Generally, when you look at media like that, it represents $11,000 in advertising, and that's just per impression. Anytime that program runs, you do the math, it becomes immeasurable. It allows us to tell the Columbus story in a subtle but positive way and also show off our fine facilities," said Bowden.

Across town, South Columbus got a big boost from the opening of the Army's newest museum.

"We had 4,600 people come through the museum on Friday, and we thought we could relax, but starting Saturday morning, we had another 4,500," said General Jerry White, president of the National Infantry Foundation.

The economic effects won't only last through the weekend.

The museum is projected to bring in 500,000 people each year, and some say those numbers could easily double as word spreads.

That will translate to bring in $30 to 50 million in tourism revenue to the city.

In addition, 300-400 new jobs will be created at the museum in the next year, which is great news for local workers.

"It's going to make Columbus the destination city that we've never been before," said General White.

  • LocalMore>>

  • TRAFFIC ALERT: Possible multi-vehicle accident blocks portions of I-185 in Columbus

    TRAFFIC ALERT: Possible multi-vehicle accident blocks portions of I-185 in Columbus

    Monday, December 18 2017 7:14 AM EST2017-12-18 12:14:19 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus police and EMS units are responding to reports of a multi-car collision along I-185 in Columbus.  Traffic is being blocked off between the Williams Rd. and Smith Rd. exits in the northbound lanes of the interstate. It is also being blocked off between Manchester Expy. and Macon Rd. exits along the southbound lanes of the interstate. Avoid the area if possible.  News Leader 9 has crews headed to the scene.  Stick with us online and on a...More >>
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus police and EMS units are responding to reports of a multi-car collision along I-185 in Columbus.  Traffic is being blocked off between the Williams Rd. and Smith Rd. exits in the northbound lanes of the interstate. It is also being blocked off between Manchester Expy. and Macon Rd. exits along the southbound lanes of the interstate. Avoid the area if possible.  News Leader 9 has crews headed to the scene.  Stick with us online and on a...More >>
  • Legendary former UGA Coach holds a book signing at Callaway Gardens

    Legendary former UGA Coach holds a book signing at Callaway Gardens

    Sunday, December 17 2017 6:32 PM EST2017-12-17 23:32:13 GMT
    (Source: WTVM/Matthew Clegg)(Source: WTVM/Matthew Clegg)

    Legendary University of Georgia Football Coach, Vince Dooley, held a book signing today at Callaway Resort & Gardens.

    More >>

    Legendary University of Georgia Football Coach, Vince Dooley, held a book signing today at Callaway Resort & Gardens.

    More >>
  • BREAKING: Car drives up onto sidewalk on Broadway in Columbus, two injured

    BREAKING: Car drives up onto sidewalk on Broadway in Columbus, two injured

    Sunday, December 17 2017 5:16 PM EST2017-12-17 22:16:29 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    Columbus police have confirmed an afternoon car accident on Broadway street in Uptown Columbus has sent two people to the hospital with injuries. Police say a car drove onto the sidewalk, hitting two bystanders and injuring them both. News Leader 9 is on the scene and gathering more details. Copyright 2017 WTVM. All rights reserved. | For more news, download the WTVM app here.

    More >>

    Columbus police have confirmed an afternoon car accident on Broadway street in Uptown Columbus has sent two people to the hospital with injuries. Police say a car drove onto the sidewalk, hitting two bystanders and injuring them both. News Leader 9 is on the scene and gathering more details. Copyright 2017 WTVM. All rights reserved. | For more news, download the WTVM app here.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly