Impacting the Local Economy

A significant part of The Classic Center’s mission is to generate maximum economic impact. We accomplish this by attracting visitor dollars spent by convention attendees.
  • The hospitality industry is 1 of the top 3 economic engines in our community
  • For every night spent in Athens, each of our guests spends an average of $277 here* in hotels, restaurants and shops.
  • Our average daytrip attendee spends $51 per day* in Athens in restaurants and shops.
  • The Classic Center's economic impact on the local community was $66.6 million in 2013-14*.
  • Tourist expenditures in Athens reached $256 million in 2013, up 3.8% from the previous year.
  • Our community greatly benefits from the $702,438 in visitor spending that pours into our local economy every day.
FY14 Annual Report
Tourism generates $16.64 million in state and local tax revenues (2013).***

Note: Unlike most public assembly facilities, The Classic Center does not receive a General Fund subsidy. The facility does receive a portion of the hotel/motel tax, which is generated by overnight hotel stays.

  • *Information provided by IMPLAN, a nationally recognized model developed at the University of Minnesota to estimate economic impacts.
  • ***Information provided by Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau.