Downtown businesses hope to make up losses during CMA Fest~

Nashville is hoping to make up lost tourism money from the flood in just two weeks when thousands of country music fans come to town for the CMA Music Festival.

Crews are working at the Wildhorse Saloon on 2nd Avenue North in hopes of getting the legendary bar back open by June 4, just in time for the city’s busy tour season. The saloon is one of many businesses downtown counting on the festival to boost their cash register.

The music festival usually draws around 40,000 people to downtown Nashville, and right now, sales are actually up from this time last year.

The Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau says some 1,000 CMA Fest fans planned to stay at the flooded Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. The CVB has been working with the landmark hotel to place attendees at other Nashville hotels.

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