CMA Festival translates into big money for local businesses - WKRN News 2

CMA Festival translates into big money for local businesses

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

This year's CMA Festival is on track to be the biggest yet.

There are 11 stages in all, including the stage at Bridgestone arena and outside the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Local businesses are also hoping to cash in on the country music trend.

More than 70,000 people are expected to pack the streets of downtown each night of the festival.

One of the first purchases tourists typically make when they visit Nashville is boots.

"Lots of boots, lots of boots being sold," said Misty Hudson a downtown cowboy boot retailer.

Hudson works the register at a boot shop on Broadway. She said during the next few days of the CMA Music fest, business at her store with triple.

"We're looking at numbers from last year and it's already broken record," said Hudson.

While retailers enjoy a boot boom, the restaurant scene will also thrive.

Wednesday evening there was a sampling of all 50 states and different countries enjoying Nashville's bar and restaurant scene.

We're from "Long Island!" yelled one group of visitors. "Indiana!" yelled another. "Canada! Whooo."

At Honky Tonk Central, Assistant General Manager Jim "The Governor" Hill said his staff is ready for the crowds.

"I think every business owner on Broadway and all of Nashville, they look forward to this every year, This gets you over the hurdle," said Hill.

Hill said tourists arrived as early as 9 a.m. Honky Tonk Central door open at 10 a.m.

All day long downtown has been packed and that translates into big bucks.

This is considered one of Nashville's busiest weeks for tourism.

Last year visitors spend more than $30 million in the city.

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