The World Seniors' Curling Championships wrapped up in Fredericton this weekend and as teams begin the voyage home, organizers are already celebrating the amount of money the event brought into the city.
Wayne Tallon, president of the host committee for the tournament, said with the initial cost of about $40,000 the event was a good return on investment.
"It wasn't recycled Canadian dollars. These were foreign monies coming into our country, to our city, and to our province. We estimate that in the vicinity of $2.5 million to $3 million," he said.
The hosts are conducting a survey of where the money was spent, but attendees like Malcolm Richardson from Scotland said they’ve poured money into the local hotels and restaurants.
"Apart from in the hotel, the Delta hotel, we've eaten out at the [Lunar] Rogue restaurant and the Diplomat and others as well."
Tallon said the championships showcased how Fredericton can handle a major international event, increasing the odds of hosting more like it in the future.