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NHL draft in Vancouver a boost for local economy

Last Updated Jun 20, 2019 at 7:36 pm PDT

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The league, young players and their families and media are descending on downtown Vancouver, and that means that money will be spent in local restaurants.

Ian Tostenson with the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association says you might want to make a reservation if you plan to go out this weekend.

“A lot of that money goes, obviously to hotels, but to restaurants and dining out. So, we’re going to see restaurants all throughout Vancouver in particular, full for the next few days, which is a great boost to us,” says Tostenson.

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Tostenson thinks hosting the NHL draft could bring in up to $10 million for the local economy over a three day period.

He acknowledges that hotel space in Vancouver is limited and having everyone associated with the draft coming to Vancouver will make it more difficult for tourists trying to find a last-minute room.

The first round of the draft is tomorrow night at Rogers Arena and it will stretch through Saturday.