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Where are the haters from the last two years who could not imagine or admit that this race would ever happen?? Huh, where are you loudmouths now?
Great track - great race - great job Texas!!
I drive too fast to worry about cholesterol.
Another thing that they would have had at the ceremony was to have RHR taking his championship Indy Car for demonstration lap.
In regard to "convincing", I was referring to hotel managers being convinced that money is no object to the typical F1 traveling fan.
A few weeks ago the nice ladies at Expedia.com & Hotels.com asked us for information about the area and help selling remaining inventory. According to them, area hotel managers had been told that money was no object to *typical* F1 GP attendees. Of course that's not the case, and it showed in sales. They confirmed a situation where 10-15% of Central Texas inventory went unsold, with 4000 - 5000 rooms unsold inside Austin alone. Prospective race attendees were seeing the high prices and either canceling their plans or going elsewhere, such as San Antonio. It's only an hour or so away and has very nice accommodations at good/normal prices.
With about 3 or so weeks to go, the room blocking ended hotel by hotel, and prices started to fall. We tracked the prices over those weeks and posted links for travelers on our page, twitter, and several F1 message boards (including Speed's). Starting about 2 weeks or so before the race there were consistently 218 - 221 hotels in the Austin area with 3-night availability (Fr, Sa, & Su) for the USGP weekend. I last tweeted about it on Thursday the 15th, when the lowest Austin price per night for all 3 nights was $77.
Here's a good article/tv story about it (which btw, got Epstein hopping mad). http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/a...for-f1-weekend
The COTA economic impact report projected that the GP would create demand for 148,000 hotel room nights. They didn't come close to that number.
Last edited by hairy_scotsman; 11-26-2012 at 03:10 PM.
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Whatever happened to the stars in the runoff paint? They appeared to be there before the race but were definitely not there for the race. They are also on the google maps satellite view, though I imagine that image is from before race weekend.