2013 Presidents Cup
Residents will help showcase city for international event
Dublin will utilize residents to showcase the city when more than 150,000 people visit Dublin from across the globe for the 2013 Presidents Cup.
A town hall meeting about the golf event was held last week as the city used residents to gather ideas on how to best show off the city to the 150,000 visitors expected.
Both national and international golf fans are expected next year when the golf competition comes to the Muirfield Village Golf Course Sept. 30-Oct. 6.
"Today we want to talk about how Dublin can leverage this event," Dan Sullivan, director of the Memorial Tournament, told the crowd at the Aug. 21 town hall meeting.
Visitors will be staying at hotels in Dublin and Columbus, Sullivan said, and about 6,000 rooms have been set aside for the event so far.
The event is expected to bring in more business for hotels than the Memorial Tournament. In 2012, the Memorial Tournament brought in 4,308 room nights.
"I think because of our central location we'll get a lot of drive-ins," he said, "but I do think we'll get a lot of people flying in and internationally."
People from South Korea are expected, as the country will host the Presidents Cup in 2015, Sullivan said.
Linda Logan of the Columbus Sports Commission said Experience Columbus will start a certified ambassador program for local businesses to help prepare for big events such as the Presidents Cup.
"We're launching it in January to try to educate and train all visitor touch points on an ongoing basis," she said. "We thought it was important to start this now with so many big events coming here."
Indianapolis started the program to help prepare workers for major events such as the Super Bowl and saw success, Logan said.
Dublin will also work on ways to welcome Presidents Cup visitors and queried town hall attendees on ways to showcase Dublin, activities for visitors and how to promote the event. Oct. 2, one year before the Presidents Cup begins, Dublin will begin touring the Presidents Cup trophy to promote the event. St. Patrick's Day and Independence Day parades in addition to local companies and fundraisers were all suggested as stops for the trophy tour.
A Presidents Cup ice cream flavor was also suggested as a way to promote the event.
As for ways to welcome Presidents Cup visitors, a cultural festival, street teams, event with only Ohio-made products, Dublin public art tour and a "white night" that keeps Dublin businesses open all night were suggested.
A suggestion of moving the Dublin Irish Festival from August to October next year drew surprise from the crowd.
Suggestions also mentioned involving local youth, from band performances to volunteering to incorporating education on visiting countries at school.
Sandra Puskarcik, Dublin's director of community relations, told attendees all the ideas would be put on a list and distributed to city staff and Dublin City Council members for consideration.
Town hall attendees will likely be invited back in November to work on more ideas and plans, she said.