Lofty economic impact expected as PGA Championship comes to St. Louis area

The 100th PGA Championship tees off at Bellerive Country Club in Town and Country on Thursday, and it’s projected to have an economic impact of up to $100 million on the St. Louis region, in the form of sold-out hotels and busy restaurants.

The estimated economic impact, provided by marketing trade association Destinations International, is based on attendance, ticket prices, food and beverage spending, and hotel room use.

Attendees from 50 states and 24 countries will travel to the tournament, according to organizers, and those travelers have reserved nearly 8,500 rooms in 30 hotels.

Airbnb rentals in St. Charles saw a price hike for bookings during the tournament, and 90 percent of St. Charles County’s hotel rooms are sold out, according to the Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Other expected beneficiaries include shuttle services, which will be used to transport attendees to and from the golf course.

Local officials also hope the St. Louis area will see a positive impact due to media exposure, with more than 1,000 print and digital media members expected to cover the tournament on-site.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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