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Air show cancellation hurts Beaufort's economy

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The Beaufort Air Show is a victim of the recent automatic budget cuts. Local businesses and city officials say they will be losing thousands of dollars.

Every two years, during the last weekend in April, Beaufort's streets, businesses and hotels are packed with people. the Beaufort Air Show brings them there, but this year, crowds aren't coming, because the show isn't happening.

"The air show brings a lot of revenue to the area, so in addition to the revenue lost here, it's a hard hit to the area," said Tara Anderson, Hilton Garden Inn and Suites general manager.

Anderson says the hotel was booked solid for the air show weekend, but less than 24 hours after word that the show was not happening, they lost more than half of their reservations.

"That's quit a bit of revenue," said Anderson.

Anderson says she's not sure if the hotel will be able to make up for the loss, but they're doing their best to try and convince those who have not canceled their reservations to still come to Beaufort.

"We really want people to know, although there is no air show, Beaufort is still a nice place to come and visit. There are things to see here, and things to do here," said Anderson.

According to the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce, the 2011 air show brought more than 100,000 people in to the city, and more than $1 million in revenue.

"It did provide a boost to our economy, a huge one," said Jon Rembold, Beaufort Chamber of Commerce.

Most are hoping the air show will return in 2015, if not before.

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