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Convention's Economic Impact

Enrique Aguirre, "We are always looking forward to this time of the year." Enrique Aguirre, "We are always looking forward to this time of the year."
Lis Griffith, "It's been really great for business." Lis Griffith, "It's been really great for business."

More than 4,000 people are in Amarillo July 14th for the annual Jehovah's Witness Convention, a convention notorious for bringing in big business.

NewsChannel 10 spoke with one local hotel who recieved an unexpected business boom this weekend. 

"This time last week we were only running at 12-15% capacity, even on the weekends.  Travels have been slow this year.  But now we have gotten a lot of rooms booked and a lot of people walking in and asking 'Do you have rooms?'  It's all full because of this convention," says Lis Griffith with Amarillo Airport Plaza Hotel.

Griffith says they were not excepting the rush of business, but it is a welcomed surprise:  "It's been really great for business.  I know my managers are all really happy."

Hotels like Amarillo Airport Plaza say this weekend has more than tripled their business, but they are not the only people cashing in on the convention; restaurants are also seeing longer wait times and bigger profits.

"We see a tremendous increase in the amount of business during the month of July, so we are always looking forward to this time of the year.  Yesterday we had a very good day; I saw an increase over average Friday night sales. W e increased a big amount," says Enrique Aguirre, General Manager at La Fiesta Grande.

The convention wraps up tomorrow evening, but you still have time to attend.  Things will start back up at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow at the Amarillo Civic Center.  Admission is free.

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