HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Motorcyclists, rev up your engines! A large motorcycle convention is coming back to the Rocket City.
Wednesday morning, the Huntsville-Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau announced that Madison County will host Wing Ding 37, a convention that celebrates the Honda Gold Wing motorcycle. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle traveled to this year’s convention in Madison, Wisconsin to unveil the 2015 host location.
“We are extremely excited to welcome the Gold Wing Road Riders back to Huntsville and for the opportunity to showcase our Southern hospitality,” Mayor Battle said.
The event is scheduled for September 3-6, 2015. The CVB expects around 10,000 visitors and more than $3 million in revenue for the area.
“We are excited to welcome GWRRA back to the Rocket City and to share with conference attendees how much our city has grown,” said Judy Ryals, CVB President & CEO. “Our CVB team is working diligently to ensure their time in our community is among the best they’ve spent anywhere in the world.”
This will mark Wing Ding’s second appearance in the Rocket City, returning after holding its 1998 meeting in Huntsville. The 1998 Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) conference held in Huntsville garnered the largest attendance of any Gold Wing conference at that time.
Abel Gallardo, President of GWRRA, expressed the group’s excitement to return to Huntsville.
“GWRRA is truly excited to return to Huntsville, Alabama. It’s been over 16 years since our last visit, and we are doing everything to make this visit even more memorable than the first!”
According to a 2013 report from the Alabama Tourism Department, the travel industry pumped $997 million into Madison County’s economy in 2013 and is responsible for 14,255 local jobs.
In 2013 alone, over 1,000 meetings were brought to Huntsville/Madison County, providing a positive economic impact that saves the average household in Madison County over $650 annually.