Dennis Coates, Economics, in Baltimore Sun

Published: Nov 7, 2011

A new study produced by Visit Baltimore suggests the Baltimore Grand Prix had a smaller economic impact than predicted, reports the Baltimore Sun. The tourism group estimated that event attendees spent $28 million in and near the city during the Labor Day weekend event, significantly below the $70 million projected by Baltimore Racing Development last year.

“Is this really what we mean by success?” asked Dennis Coates, UMBC economics professor. Coates co-authored another study, released in October, estimating race weekend spending at $25 million, about $10 million of which “would likely have occurred in Baltimore or Maryland even without the event.”

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