A new report created by Visit Sarasota County estimates the economic impact of this year's Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival at $36.2 million. That's down from last year's impact, which was measured at $37.2 million. The 2017 event generated 18,500 hotel room nights and over $23 million in direct spending, according to researchers. Almost 84 percent of out-of-county attendees surveyed during the festival indicated that they traveled to Sarasota because of the race.
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