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FL EXPECTS POSITIVE ECONOMIC IMPACT FROM WORLD GOLF VILLAGE
Published May 12, 1998
FL officials expect the World Golf Village, which opens to the public on May 19 in St. Johns County, FL, to attract 500,000 to one million additional tourists to the area in its first year, and one million "more the year after that," according to Marcia Mattson of the FLORIDA TIMES-UNION. David Reese, Exec Dir of golf tour company Florida's First Coast of Golf, said that most of the new tourists will be "upscale men," ages 40 to 60, and added that since the Village's initial two courses will "be too expensive or too booked" for most visitors to play more than once, existing area courses "should benefit, too" (FL TIMES-UNION, 5/10). BY THE NUMBERS: World Golf Village VP/Marketing & PR Michael McPhillips said that the "initial marketing blitz" of the facility will cost "about" $1M. McPhillips also said that research shows that 22% of the Village's visitors will be local residents; 26% will represent residents/tourists who stay in hotels within a 50-mile radius of the Village; 25% will come from residents/tourists within a 100-mile radius; and 27% will be tourists "on their was to other Florida destinations" (Earl Daniels, FL TIMES-UNION, 5/12).