“The FLW could hold a tournament anywhere in the country,” Chamber President Linda Lewis said. “They chose Walker County, and that decision had a huge economic impact for our area.”
Almost 500 anglers and FLW officials were in the area for a week. Lewis said that number does not include anglers’ family members, press, special guests or spectators.
Lodging by anglers provided a large economic boost, Lewis said. All available hotel rooms in the area were occupied at an average nightly price of $105. Total room nights were estimated at 2,862, which would provide an impact of $300,510. Lewis said many other anglers rented homes for lodging.
Numbers provided by the chamber show food, beverage, gas and oil totals are estimated at $288,790. Miscellaneous expenses, for items such as shopping, entertainment, tackle and fishing licenses, are estimated at $429,300.
Chamber officials have estimated direct income to the area related to the FLW tournament at $1,030,200. The total income estimate is $1,545,300. When the more than $500,000 FLW media package is added, the total positive economic impact reaches $2,112,300.
“This event brought $2 million to our area,” Lewis said. “There are not very many events that can do that for a community. The chamber will continue to work to bring these kinds of events to Walker County.”
Lewis said the figures released do not include spectator expenditures or pre-tournament practice runs. She also added that gas and oil costs are based on anglers only.