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Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 9:28am

Augusta Hotel Revenue Up For 2009

Hotels in Augusta saw an increase in revenue for 2009 despite the grim economy.
That's according to a report from the Augusta Convention and Visitor Bureau. The report estimates that hotel revenue for 2009 rose more than 3 percent over the previous year.

Barry White is the president and CEO of the Augusta CVB.
He credits the growth in part to a strong local economy led by The Savannah River Site, Plant Votgle and Fort Gordon.

"It’s a combination of our local economy being based in health care, government and military. All three sectors, at least locally, have added jobs and experienced growth," White said.

Augusta hotels took in $60 million last year and contributed more than $9 million in taxes and fees to the city.