Economy turns some from Red Carpet experience

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

April 6, 2009

AUGUSTA, Ga.---The city's spending money, but they're looking to make up for it. The plan, as always, is to use the Masters to attract big business to Augusta.

News 12 was there as the city prepared to roll out the red carpet for executives from across the world. It's a yearly tradition: a VIP tent, tours of the city, and, of course, free access to the Augusta National Golf Course.

But the recession has many turning away from all the wining and dining.

"We've had some businesses say 'Not this year, maybe next year. I really have to for a couple of reasons stay at home, take care of my business. Maybe this is not a good time for me to be away'," said Sue Parr, president of the Augusta Chamber of Commerce. "And they also, I think, want to make sure that they're not appearing extravagant in the eyes of any potential issues that they have with their business."

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