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Holiday weekend creates boom for local economy

Posted May 8, 2009 9:51 p.m. EDT
Updated May 8, 2009 11:10 p.m. EDT

— Businesses are preparing for a busy weekend with the Mother’s Day holiday and graduation ceremonies.

“When we get weekends like this, every penny counts,” said Loren Gold, executive vice president of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Rice family drove from Roanoke, Va., to see their son, Greg, graduate from North Carolina State University. They are staying at the Marriott downtown and enjoying local restaurants.

At the Village Draft House in Cameron Village, managers said the tables were at a premium Friday night. Packed restaurants are expected throughout the weekend.

The local economy started the weekend with a boost courtesy of the Carolina Hurricanes who hosted the Boston Bruins in the NHL playoffs Friday night.

Tourism experts estimate each home Hurricanes playoff game brings in about $1 million to the local economy.