Manager of Blue Marlin, Daniel Grant, shares his excitement about the influx of costumers during Masters week.
Columbia businesses are excited about the economic boost the Masters brings.
By: Camlin Moore
The Masters Golf Tournament has arrived and while it's held in Augusta, Columbia businesses are also hitting a hole-in-one. The tournament may be 60 miles away, but the economic impact is felt around the Palmetto State.
Columbia restaurants and hotels are seeing an influx of costumers this week. Daniel Grant, Manager at Blue Marlin in the Vista, says the Masters is the tournament heard around the world.
"We see a lot of international guests come in, not only people from other parts of the US but other places around the world as well," says Grant.
Businesses like Blue Marlin take the increase as a chance to show off their above-par hospitality.
"We get to show them a little southern hospitality right on our door step," says Grant.
Southern hospitality that keeps fans coming back for more. People go to the extreme to secure their spot in Columbia to get that much closer to the next round.
"People book for this week almost a year in advance. It's very, very high volume, high demand. We do prepare for t by looking at our prices and making sure we are competitive with everyone else, but making sure we do have enough room and flexibility for people coming in for the Masters," says Allan Galatolo, Rooms Division Manager at the Hampton Inn.
Over 70 percent of hotels in Columbia are booked and hotel prices have sky rocketed.
The Sheraton Hotel this week is almost $900, compared to next weeks price of $530.
A room at the Hampton Inn is priced at over $700, almost $200 more than next weeks price. And at the Ramada, all rooms are already full.
The first round of the Masters is Thursday.
The golfers are striving for the historic green jacket and Columbia businesses are excited about seeing some green of their own.