You can smell it in the air, feel the vibrations beating the pavement. No need for grand announcements and drum rolls. Austin’s biggest local event is coming to town once more. For local Austin residents & small businesses, it’s Christmas all over again.
During the 2 weeks that SXSW blows through town, our great local restaurants, retail stores and tourist attractions stand to make 20% of their annual income. Come again? 1/5 of their income in 2 weeks! Austin, put your boots on, down that double shot espresso and get to work!
Last year saw a record 87,000 + visitors to the city. And in 2016, $325.3 million came crashing into the Austin economy, according to a recent CNBC article. Read more small business insights here.
Whether you have a best friend coming into town, or that pal who calls once a year looking for a place to crash, show them some of the unique gems hidden in the city we call home. Pick up a Go Local Card and Guide at Peoples Pharmacy, Healthy Pet, End of an Ear and several others places, or just visit our site for a complete list. Cards also available for purchase online. So, do a solid for Austin. Check out a few of these local goodies: