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Study: Baltimore 'Sailabration' drew big business

BALTIMORE -- Organizers of a weeklong commemoration of the War of 1812 in Baltimore's harbor say it drew more than 1.5 million visitors and generated $166 million in economic impact.

Dozens of tall ships and naval warships from around the world traveled to Baltimore for June's "Star-Spangled Sailabration."

The group Star-Spangled 200 Inc. commissioned a study reviewing the impact and released the results Thursday. It found the Sailabration increased business by nearly $98 million in direct spending.

Surveys show 1.1 million Marylanders attended, along with 435,000 out-of-state visitors.

Expenditures for the weeklong festival totaled $4.8 million. Organizers say that means for every dollar spent, more than $35 was generated for Maryland.

The commemoration continues with reenactments at Chesapeake Bay battle sites and the return of tall ships to Baltimore in 2014.