CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - This week's PGA
Championship being played at Kiawah Island is expected to mean about $92
million in direct economic impact for one of South Carolina's biggest
Researchers at the College
of Charleston project that, with about 210,000 tournament tickets being
sold, the event will attract almost 50,000 people from outside the area.
They're expected to stay about 4.3 days in the Charleston area,
spending about $345 a day.
Add in spending by players, their guests, caddies and the media, and the total is about $92 million.
The PGA estimates that the
value of the free publicity from having the tournament on television
worldwide is estimated at another $75 million. The tournament will reach
580 million homes worldwide.
Tourism generates about $15 billion a year in South Carolina.
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