Thursday, June 5, 2008

Chicago Olympics Could Be Very Profitable For NWI

Recently NWI Connect broke the news that Chicago is one of the possible finalists for the 2016 Olympics.

An event of that magnitude would bring thousands of visitors to Chicago from around the globe, and this could prove extremely profitable for Northwest Indiana. The Times indicates that some athletes may need to train in NWI, and thousands of visitors would need places to sleep, eat, and shop here as well.

An article in the NWI Times entitled NWI, suburbs could strike gold if Chicago lands Olympics talks more about this:

"Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Speros Batistatos said Wednesday he's very excited to learn the city of Chicago was named one of the leading contenders in the cities vying for the Olympics.

Batistatos said he's already provided to Chicago representatives lists of hotels in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties where visitors could stay during the Olympic events in 2016.

"We're ahead of the curve," he said.

For the Gary/Chicago International Airport, it could mean the proposed U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility becomes a reality....

...Earlier this year, the mayors association approved a resolution in support of Chicago's bid, and has urged all suburban governments to consider approving resolutions of their own."

NWI would immensely benefit from this magnitude of tourism in Chicagoland and the Region.


Daltonsbriefs said...

And, if we got the Olympics this would be huge for our blogging community here in Northwest Indiana.

prayeramedic said...

I concur. We may even need to set up a site dedicated to the Olympics as Chris recommended on Twitter the other day if it was set in stone that 2016 will be in Chicago...