ALBANY -- October is a very very good month to Metro Albany.
This month is when tourism money really flows into the city, according to Rachelle Beasley, manager of the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau.
"The whole month of October is just a great opportunity for everyone," Beasley said. "There's a whole bunch of things happening then, like the FlintFest, Elk's Conference, the Ray Charles Festival, Albany State University's homecoming, Sunbelt Ag Expo and now the Georgia Throwdown. It's always a good time."
According to Beasley, who reeled off numbers while at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, the Albany State University homecoming alone presents an estimated $3 million in revenue for the Albany area. This year, the homecoming almost overlapped with the Expo, which is held in Moultrie.
"Most of the Expo people leave on Thursday," Beasley said, "And the homecoming people are coming for the weekend."
The Sunbelt Ag Expo is one of the largest agricultural expositions in the world, Beasley said, with people from all over coming in to see it. Though taking place in Moultrie, the event is so large many visitors rent rooms and buy meals as far away as Albany, Tifton, Thomasville, Cordele and Valdosta. Hotels in Albany were 90 percent filled on Tuesday, Beasley said. The Hampton Inn had no rooms to offer Wednesday.
Meantime, Beasley said she still had not received specific ticket numbers for the recent Georgia Throwdown music festival. There was enough data, though, to make an estimate.
"I don't have a problem saying it was between $1 million and $1.3 million," Beasley said. "That's based on an attendance of 10,000 for the week."