By Deon Guillory, WJBF GMA Weekend Anchor/Reporter - email
Augusta, GA -
We are less than three weeks from the start of the Master's Tournament.
The City of Augusta is put on a worldwide stage every year during Master's Week. Businesses hope that when golf lovers aren't on the green, they spend some green with them.
The countdown is on for Master's Week and Sae Shin is ready.
"I want it to be wide open. It's the busiest weekend," Shin said.
Shin owns several downtown hot spots, including Soy Noodle House.
He's hoping the city's biggest week of the year translates to a boost to his bottom line.
Shin said, "Some years it is and the economy, I think, has sloped it down a little bit, but I think every year it's getting better."
Barry White, the President of the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau, said "I think with hotels and anecdotal evidence with private home rental, across the board, everything looks to be very positive."
White explains although hotel bookings were later than normal this, year, he doesn't expect anything different for Master's week. He goes on to say current clean up from the ice storm won't affect numbers.
"We're fortunate that tickets to that tournament are in such high demand. People will travel from every corner of the world to be here," said White.
People Sae Shin is more than happy to welcome to his restaurant.
"It brings in money for us. Money for the employees. That's what we're here for, to work and make money. The more we make, the more the city makes. It's a win - win for everybody," said Shin.
White also says everyone comes together for Master's week to show a little Southern Hospitality to our visitors so they know they can come back at other times of the year.