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Obama's Visit to Asheville Priceless

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President Barack Obama will be in Asheville Friday, April 23, 2010 for a short vacation.

The Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau considers the visit priceless.  Officials with the convention and visitors bureau say they spend about $2.5 million a year on advertising and that the President's visit will do more for the area than all that advertising. 

Local business owners say the publicity surrounding the President's visit to their establishment would help draw people to their business in the future. 

Obama was last in Asheville on Oct. 5, 2008, for a rally at Asheville High School. The then-presidential candidate also got lunch at 12 Bones Smokehouse and readied for a debate while staying at the Grove Park Inn.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the President is staying at the Grove Park Inn, however the hotel will not release any information about potential guests.

During a century in business, the hotel has hosted 10 presidents.

The White House said there would be no public events during the visit.

The city usually spends about $2 million to promote the city as a tourist destination, but the director of marketing for the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau says the exposure from a presidential visit is priceless.

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