Cedar Point's closing over the weekend following a water main break benefited other area businesses as tourists found other fun spots to spend their day. The visitors bureau and various attractions reported higher traffic throughout the weekend.
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Sounds like a win. Not a win/win, just a win.
I bet those employees at the Golden Corral and the Cracker Barrel were like, "oh, crap!"
While I'm sure there was some boost to amusement businesses such as Ghostly Manor, indoor water park day passes, day trips to the islands, and restaurants - this was the worst possible weekend for the city to utilize this bump.
Area hotels as far as Huron, Norwalk, and Port Clinton were already close to 100% occupancy due to bike week. The nerd convention (no ... not Coastermania!) had Kalahari completely sold out for over a month beforehand. As Jeff can attest - I have a feeling that many of the out of town tourists simply left the area and found somewhere else to spend their money when they couldn't get a hotel in Sandusky.
This was one weekend that most of these businesses would have seen much higher than normal sales regardless of the CP closure, so there wasn't much room for additional benefit. It's very hard to determine how much of an effect the CP closure really had on the surrounding area.
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