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Businesses hope for economic boost from jamboree

BECKLEY, W. Va (WVVA)-- Outside the jamboree, local businesses are hoping to cash in on the action.

Although it's too soon to tell the exact impact on the economy near the scout reserve, many hotels and restaurants are experiencing or preparing for heavy customer traffic.

Although many people say they were expecting traffic jams and packed restaurants, that isn't the case just yet.

Some local hotel owners said Tuesday that they're all booked-- but their customers aren't parents or scouts like you'd think. It's actually the volunteers and other jamboree workers who are putting money back into the economy so far.

The Hampton Inn in Beckley says 90% of their business has come from members of the national guard at the jamboree, ice vendors, and even jamboree food crew.

"We're pretty much sold out due to [the jamboree,] said Jessica Sizemore, assistant manager of the Hampton Inn. "We've had to have a lot of our regular guests find other hotels because of the situation. At least 90% of our rooms are dedicated just to the jamboree right now. We're just made sure we have all of our rooms up, we're fully staffed, and just had the operations to run it."

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