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BayFest 2013: The Economic Impact
(MOBILE, Ala.) In the 19 years since BayFest started, both crowds and the acts they have come to see have gotten bigger.
For hotels in downtown Mobile the event can be like Christmas in October. Theresa Lollar with the Hampton Inn says that her hotel considers this one of the high points of their fiscal year.
"People start planning a little bit further in advance. As the festival grows so does the demand for reservations, so we've been working for five years and each years it tends to get a little bit stronger with people trying to book in advance, said Lollar. She says customers try to reserve rooms at the end of the festival for the following year.
Executive Director Shana Jordan says you don't have to like her festival to see the appeal, Even if you don' want to attend BayFest, the tax dollars that it brings in affords us a lot of things that we have.
Fabian Olensky has lived in Mobile most of his life. His general store sells mainly office supplies but come lunch time you can find workers in line at Olensky Bros. grabbing one of their hot dogs.
"When people come down they might see some things that they didn't know was existed in downtown Mobile. Its a lot of new places opened up, restaurants and what have you so...we look forward to seeing people, said Olensky.
BayFest runs Oct 4-6th with more than 100 musical acts preforming during the festival.