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Graduation provides boost to Greenville economy

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With thousands of graduates, their families and friends in town businesses are getting a dose of what it needs. Money.

3,800 students and their families are in Greenville this weekend to celebrate the new pirate grads. Some are celebrating big.

The Hampton Inn on Greenville Boulevard started taking reservations during last year's pomp and circumstance. They’re sold out graduation weekend. The usual stay ranges from Thursday to Saturday night.

"The football weekends are big for us, but definitely the most peak weekend of the year is always graduation." Tyler McDowell, General Manager of the Hampton Inn said. 
From florists to restaurants, all of them are busy---everyone’s trying to get in on the action.
East Carolina University doesn't collect data determining the exact economic impact graduation has, but according to 2009 enrollment numbers, visitors to ECU generate about $64 million a year.

"Oh it's an amazing impact. Between the hotel and the restaurant we are completely full this weekend.” Brandon Qualls, managing partner at Villedge said reservations started coming in 8 months ago and he says they'll serve about 500 people between Friday and Saturday night.

"It’s a huge demand and we're actually full this evening. We cannot take any more reservations which is a great problem to have." Qualls said. 

Since Mother's Day falls on graduation weekend, businesses like florist and restaurants get another shot in the arm.
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