The NRA reports that business in the restaurant industry was off dramatically during January and February. My clients have expressed similar concerns about their business as well. With this as a backdrop, it was great to be in a city restaurant bustling with activity during tournament weekend in Nashville. Lunch on a Thursday found the restaurant packed with a 10 minute wait.
Later that day spoke with a client in another city where there was a tournament last year and asked him about the economic impact on his business. He told me that it added a significant boost to his numbers that unfortunately he has to face this year. I think he will do OK because we had put together a great program to take advantage of St. Patty’s Day and the NCAA Brackets Challenge with a tie-in to his loyalty program.
Obviously the NCAA tournament is a great business boost if it is in your city. If it isn’t build an event that takes advantage of the promotion potential that the games bring.