2013 All-Star Game, a home run for small businesses

| rbasso@queenscourier.com |

It was recently announced that the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star extravaganza will be held in New York at Citi Field. It was estimated that this series of events will generate almost $200 million in economic activity for the city and attract more than 175,000 visitors. The last time this event was held in New York was in 2008 when the Yankees hosted the game. An estimated $148.4 million in economic activity was generated. This clearly will benefit businesses and hotels in Manhattan and Queens, but how can local Long Island businesses capitalize on this massive event?

The events surrounding the All-Star game will start on Friday, July 12, 2013 and go through Tuesday, July 16, 2013 so small businesses can look forward to a full five days of activity. Hotels close to the festivities will likely fill up fast so here’s a chance for those located near train stations and highways to reap the benefits. Restaurants and shops also near these main transportation hubs can run All-Star specials to steer traffic in their direction. With an estimated 176,239 people who will travel to New York City for the game and related events, plus the projected 80,000 New Yorkers who will take part, it will be hard to avoid the excitement.

Even though this extravaganza is over a year away, have you thought about what you will do to prepare? Make sure to put a plan in place to capitalize on this 4 day event!