Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Davis Cup Economic Engine: Approximately $2 Million

Posted By on Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 3:33 PM

The Davis Cup Quarterfinals—getting underway Friday, April 5, at Boise State University's Taco Bell Arena—are expected to pump more than $2 million into the Boise economy as out-of-town tennis fans fill the region's hotels, restaurants and bars over the next 96 hours.

In this week's Boise Weekly, Idaho Tennis Association Executive Steve Bickham says nearly 40 percent of the attendees will be non-locals. Tourism officials say as much as $300 per day could be expected from each visitor during the tournament which runs through Sunday, April 7.

“We can’t buy this kind of exposure," Terry Kopp of the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau told BW. “An excess of $2 million is what Boise will see as an economic impact."

Kopp said that some hotel rooms were still available in Boise's downtown core, but the Grove Hotel was expected to see a lot of tennis enthusiasts.

“The Grove Hotel is the headquarter hotel," she said. “I know that they put [extra] staff on the schedule, and I believe the teams are staying at the Grove”.

Kopp added that Boise should get some added attention on national television this week.

“It’s a great event," she said. “It will be on the Tennis Channel, so we will also get exposure that way."

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