MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Less than a week after its conclusion, Marshall County is seeing a positive impact from the Bassmaster Elite Tournament.
The 2015 Diet Mountain Dew Bassmaster Elite held April 9th-12th at the Guntersville City Harbor.
The Marshall County Convention & Visitors Bureau was the local host. Area hotels, restaurants, and local businesses were full over the weekend.
CVB officials say the crowd attendance was substantial during the event, and say they expect to see a big economic impact as sales, lodging and gasoline taxes are calculated.
“We have already heard from one local restaurant that sales were up 13% over this weekend last year, so we know the event made an impact,” Marshall County CVB president Katy Norton says, “Hosting all the anglers, their families, the marshals and the BASS staff for a week had a positive impact on our lodging tax, and we met many attendees who were from neighboring cities who had never been to Guntersville, and said they would definitely return again. Overall we are thrilled with the results.”
Crowds gathered each morning to watch the pro anglers blast off, and even more turned out for the afternoon weigh-ins.
Officials are estimating 4,500 attended throughout the four days of the tournament.