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Hotel Opens New Doors for Masters Week

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Hotels across the CSRA are already being filled for the Masters, but right here in Augusta, one hotel is literally opening new doors this Masters.

Each year the Garden City turns into the Golfing City bringing thousands of patrons from around the world to the CSRA for what many call the Super bowl of Golf.

But where do we house these guests?

Barry White, President/CEO of the Augusta Convention and Visitor's Bureau says, "hotel rooms are filled between Columbia, SC all the way to the western side of Atlanta."

How many rooms is that?

"Just a little bit less than 9,000 hotel rooms; that includes Columbia County, Aiken County and Augusta," White adds.

Some hotels, like the Hilton Garden Inn, even renovate to create a more lively atmosphere for all guests in part with their National Hilton Garden initiative.

"It's called Project Grow and they really wanted to open up the hotel and bring in the food and beverage department," shares Kat Johnson, General Manager of the Hilton Garden Inn

Redoing doors, Knocking down a wall, adding space to their bar and even getting a bar cart; all changes made just in time for the Masters-- "and that's really what's perfect for Masters in particular is that people are here to congregate, people are here to have fun and entertain," Johnson claims.

So, just how well does Masters patrons congregating and entertaining in our hotels pay?

White tells us, "I think it's over $2 million a night is generated through hotel revenue during the tournament."

Keeping up with what I'm being told is the tradition around here, this hotel as well as many others around the area's already packed to capacity in anticipation of next week's Masters play.

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