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Raleigh Hopes to Capitalize on U.S. Open

Posted June 27, 2007
Updated June 28, 2007

— The U.S. Women's Open has taken over Southern Pines this week, but the good fortune goes far beyond one town. Wake County is getting its own chance to shine.

Raleigh is considered the gateway to the Sandhills. Thousands of visitors heading to the Open will fly to RDU International. So, Raleigh wants to get their attention as they pass through town.

Raleigh hopes the power of the pen translates into tourism dollars when people like Daniel Caza write about the Triangle. His company owns seven golf publications targeting Canadians.

“We can make North Carolina a very good destination for people in Quebec,” Caza said.

Raleigh is using the U.S. Open to boost tourism that's a $15 billion a year industry statewide. The city is not just showcasing golf courses but also the re-vamped Fayetteville Street and the new convention center under construction.

“We’ve brought in travel writers that are going to go back and write about other stories outside the sports,” said Martin Armes, with the Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.


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  • NC is my home Jun 28, 2007

    The US Open & all sporting events are good tourism dollars. We welcome anyone who wants to visit anywhere in NC for whatever reason. Afterall, it's the original "Variety Vacationaland"! Y'all come!

  • atc2 Jun 28, 2007

    I tend to agree with everyone. I am a advocate of downtown Raleigh, but Fayetteville Street (please change the name, it's not Carolina's main street, it's a side street) is a joke. What did we expect when our pathetic council members cut back on the original design and the budget (looks like just another street in between book ends). Remove that small boring capital building and let the street run to Peace Street.

    Note: City Plaza will be a joke 9they have already cut back the budget from $21M to $16M, it will have little or no character (I bet they omit the fountains, flat panel display's on the buildings and will put down black pavement)

  • mt06111 Jun 28, 2007

    Has anyone ever heard of Five Points? Or Glenwood South? Just because you hear about Fayetteville Street all the time doesn't mean it's the best place in Raleigh!!! Get into Raleigh and find out for yourself!

  • angora Jun 28, 2007

    Okay, guys, just keep telling everyone what a lousy, boring, "sleepy" city Raleigh is and maybe no one else will consider moving here. Tell 'em about all the crime too.

  • PikeMom Jun 28, 2007

    Raleigh is just a boring large city,period!Lots of good places to eat,and that's about it for me.

  • Kane Jun 28, 2007

    Raleigh is boring along with boring Fayetteville St. that runs straight into a dead end. What a sleepy city.

  • BigBird Jun 28, 2007

    It's sad how Raleigh advertises the "re-vamped Fayetteville Street over and over." Come on people, it's one street that doesn't have a whole lot to offer. Why would one think it's something that would attract vacationers?

  • Lookelou Jun 28, 2007

    I personaly don't like golf. I imagine its a great sport for a lot of people but I find it boreing. I tried it a few times but I'm the one who is always wacking away at the ball in the woods or I'm the one that empty's out the sand traps or swiming for the ball in the lakes/ponds.

  • likemenow Jun 28, 2007

    When the aiport in the Sandhills starts having regular service, the snowbirds will come...but not through Raleigh