“Michigan ’s crowning moment of 2004 is dawning.” So says George Zimmermann, senior vice president of Travel Michigan as the state welcomes the world to the 35th Ryder Cup Matches at Oakland Hills Country Club.
“Thanks to more than a decade of tireless preparation,” he continued, “Michigan will take a well-deserved turn on the international media stage. We encourage all Michigan residents, golf enthusiasts or not, to join in the celebration and help welcome our guests to this world-class event.”
Michigan golf is widely recognized as among the best in the world and contributes $1 billion annually to the state’s economy, supporting some 24,000 jobs. The Ryder Cup Matches are expected to have an additional economic impact of more than $100 million, with more than 40,000 room nights booked by the PGA at area hotels and inns.
More than 1,000 credentialed media representatives from 18 countries are covering the event, in additional to the more than 200,000 spectators expected throughout the week. Worldwide television coverage, anchored by the NBC and USA networks in America, is expected to reach an audience of 127 million viewers in 76 countries.
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