Wing Ding makes $3 million impact in Madison County

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - They may have rolled away but strong lingering effects remain following Wing Ding 37.

"We had thousands of bikes that came here," said Bob Rogers, vice president of conventions for the Huntsville-Madison County Convention & Visitors' Bureau. "They were in restaurants they were in hotels, they spent a lot of money here over the days."

The economic impact is around 3 million dollars. Total attendance was around 9,100. Rogers says it has a broader impact than most conventions.

"These guys come in, they're not going to meetings, they're going to attractions," said Rogers. "They're actually driving a little out the city and coming back in."

Planners say that more than 45 states and 10 countries were represented during Wing Ding, and the hope is that they had such a good time that they'll be coming back to Huntsville soon.

"We're getting letters now on what a great experience it was. They will be back," said Rogers. We're going to keep them on our radar."

It was the largest group the CVB is expecting to host for the year, but they're already looking ahead to recruit more conferences for Madison County.

"Tourism is a wonderful thing, it helps us grow and help us save money on taxes," said Rogers. Last year, the average Madison County household saved $600 on taxes due to tourism coming into the area.