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At least four Olympic host cities in relatively obscure locations within their countries report significant changes in visitors following the games, a good omen for Sochi’s future.
Have the Sochi Olympics been enough to entice people to come back and make the $51 billion price tag worth it? If the experiences of the previous four hosts of the Winter Games are a guide, the answer will be yes.
Turin was already a large, industrial city — the home of Fiat — before the games, while Vancouver was one of Canada’s biggest and most cosmopolitan cities. Salt Lake City and Nagano were smaller and in more remote areas of their countries. But figures provided by officials in Salt Lake City, Torino and Vancouver all show an increase in tourism that continues long after the flame is extinguished.