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By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - It's a perfect spring week for golf, and Valdosta's tourism industry is sure to profit from it.

From Thursday through Sunday, the South Georgia Classic golf tournament will be held at the Kinderlou Forest Golf Course.  The event is part of the Nationwide Tour, sponsored by the PGA.

"It's a fabulous event. It touches so many lives within the community," says Don Poor, the conference center's Executive Director.  "We expect to see some 30,000 folks over the week in the community to watch the tournament."

The magnitude of the tournament brings large numbers with it. "There's 156 Professionals that are here-that's a big impact for this area," says Tournament Director Stan Fillion. 

The South Georgia Classic also brings caddies, set-up crews, more than one-hundred Golf Channel employees, and, of course, the fans. "The hotel industry and the restaurant industry should really feel the impact of all these people," Fillion says. 

Valdosta is expected to take in 3.8 million dollars from the direct economic impact of visitors staying in hotels and eating in restaurants.  The city's farmers and whole-sale companies are expected to make an additional 12-million dollars from the tournament's indirect economic impact.

The Holiday Inn off Highway 84 is one of the many hotels sold out this week.  "I would say a significant impact on our revenue--as with all of our hotels in Valdosta," says Tiffany Blake, Sales Manager for the Holiday Inn.  "We are having probably a 50% increase in our revenue this month."

Valdosta is ready to offer visitors from as far away as Australia an experience with true southern hospitality.

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