D.C. tourism: Cherry Blossom, NCAA and Spring break make District busy

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It’s the time of year when hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the world converge on the nation's capital.

This season is even busier, as three major events are happening during the same{ }10 day period: Spring break, the Cherry Blossom festival and the NCAA basketball tournament.

The east regionals will be held next Thursday through Saturday at the Verizon Center.

That will be a big boost to Chinatown businesses that saw significant losses during the hockey lockout.

More than a million tourists visited during the spring last year, translating into a $170 million economic boost to the region.

This spring, the tournament will attract sports fans during this busy time of year.

“They tend to want to maximize their visit while they're in the city, so what better time to be in the city for NCAA tournament than over the Cherry Blossom Festival,” says Elliott Ferguson of Destination DC.

At the Occidental Grill they have bolster their staff in anticipation of the next month.

This is the restaurant's busiest time of the year.

“This is our money making month,” says chef Matt Baker. “This is when the patio opens so our space doubles, banquets start to pick up. Last week, we rolled out a new brunch menu so that's another meal period we open up for so we're going to be super bury for that.”