Bikers descend upon Huntsville with millions to spend

Bikers descend upon Huntsville with millions to spend

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Thousands of bikers are in Huntsville this week for the Wing Ding 37 conference.

Wednesday, they kicked off their week of festivities at the Space & Rocket Center.

The group is expected to spend millions of dollars while they are here.

Vacation is not cheap, and the expenses quickly add up.

Barbara Milton, who is in Huntsville for the Wing Ding 37 convention, says this trip is going to cost her group.

"Hotel for a week, of course well be going to restaurants every day, I'm sure we'll be doing lots of shopping," she said.

Multiply her statement by 10,000, and the fact that this group is spending all of that money right here in Huntsville.

Even Mayor Tommy Battle is seeing firsthand how the Wing Ding 37 convention is impacting the city.

"Monday night I was out at a restaurant, and there were two tables of people sitting here who had already come in for this. One couple was from the east coast, one from the west coast and there were a couple from the mid-section of America," he said.

When huge conventions descend upon the City, the economic impact is obvious, but believe it or not it's good for your wallet too.
 
"The average household saves at least $650 on their taxes every year thanks to events like Wing Ding 37, thanks to folks coming here for their vacations and bringing their meetings and conventions to Huntsville and Madison County," said Jessica Carlton with the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

By the end of the week, the CVB expects this group to leave behind $3 to $4 million, and take with them a little advertising for the Rocket City.

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