Sailabration's financial impact estimated

BALTIMORE, Md. - Last summer's Star-Spangled Sailabration, also known as"Sailabration," the free, week-long maritime and air festival that launched the bicentennial of The Star-Spangled Banner and the War of 1812, had an economic impact of $166.1 million on the Maryland economy.  

Star-Spangled 200 reported Thursday that the total includes $97.7 million in direct impact and $68.4 million in indirect impact.  Sailabration, which took place June 13-19, 2012, drew an estimated 1.54 million attendees. Almost a third of those attending, the group said, were from outside Maryland and more than three-quarters were from outside Baltimore city.  

Event production expenditures, they added, were $4.8 million, which generated a $35 return on every dollar invested.  

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