Weekend expected to provide big boost to Louisville's economy

Jim Wood
Jim Wood
Sue Bray
Sue Bray
Don Archeer
Don Archeer

Louisville, KY - By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Major events will bring major bucks to Louisville this weekend. Jim Wood, president of the Louisville Visitors Bureau, expects more than 60,000 people to attend three events - HullabaLOU, the RV Rally, and the National Conference of State Legislatures – and spend at least $47 million in Louisville.

"I'll venture to say there are an awful lot of cities today that would love to have the kind of weekends that's in store for us right now," said Wood.

According to Wood, $1.7 billion was spent in Louisville last year thanks to tourism.

"We're here to open the doors to people for three days, enjoy Louisville, {and} spend money," said Wood. "It really helps Louisville, the tourism industry supports 28,000 jobs in Jefferson County."

The Rally 2010 runs from July 22 to July 25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Sue Bray, a rally organizer, expects 7,000 people and roughly 2,500 RV's during the event, which is being held in Louisville for the second year. Wood said this is the 11th year of the event, but its celebrating the 100 year anniversary of RVing.

"Well, we're very happy that we picked Louisville as well. So, we're really looking forward to our time here," Bray said. "We love Louisville and you have such a fabulous facility here with the fact that everything can be inside and air conditioned."

"Life is meant to {be} lived," said Don Archeer, who traveled in his RV from Denver to Louisville for the RV Rally. "Life is meant to {be} seen and do and experience and you got to take advantage of it."

This is Archeer's second time visiting the Kentucky Exposition Center.

"I can't get over the improvements they've made since the last time I was here and how much...how big it is and how much space they've got," he admired.

Archeer said he'll enjoy Louisville's attractions with his wife while he is here.

"She wants to go to the Louisville Slugger Museum and the factory," said Archeer. "She wants to go to the Muhammad Ali Museum. There's a lot to do."

It is that money spent in Louisville that keeps the Louisville Visitors Bureau smiling because of its impact.

"That's why we're one of those clean industries where people come in and spend a couple of days, they leave and we keep those cash registers ringing over and over and over again," Wood said.

Also this weekend is HullabaLOU at Churchill Downs. The three-day music festival runs from Friday to Sunday. 550 contractors are working to setup the five stage music festival. The event is expected to bring in a big crowd.

The National Conference of State Legislatures starts Sunday, July 25 and runs until Wednesday, July 28.

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