PARK CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Hollywood’s elite have their attention turned to the Sundance Film Festival on the eve of the event.
Park City is in its last minute sprint of transformation as it prepares for A list stars and the debuts of culture changing films.
“What’s the buzz here in the City?” ABC 4’s Noah Bond asked a tourist in Park City. “It’s real exciting to be here with people coming from all over the world, the country,” said Catherine Gallogly from Illinois.
“It’s only one day before the festival starts. What’s the mood like today here in Park City?” Bond asked. “I think people are anticipating a lot of fun,” said Gunilla Giegerich from San Diego.
All this buzz has been good for Park City and for Utah. The Hotel Caledonian, which features 19 swanky condominiums, usually rents a single bedroom for one night at a rate of $650. The festival drives the price fro the same room up to $1,300 a night.
“It’s great for the economy. I hope that it continues for a long period of time,” said Carlos Rivera from Puerto Rico.
There are plenty of people willing to pay top dollar for good digs. According to Park City Chamber of Commerce President Bill Malone, 18,000 people will pack Park City hotels during the opening days of the festival. The average hotel occupancy rate of the festival is 14,000 a night.
Malone says the festival injects $60 million into Park City's economy and more than $80 million into Utah's economy.
“It’s awesome for Park City. It’s a beautiful place,” said Gallogly.
Most of the Sundance Film Festival tourists come from California and New York. The festival begins Thursday and continues for ten days.
For a complete film schedule visit: http://www.sundance.org/festival/