Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau joined with Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins and Bossier City Mayor Tommy Chandler Thursday morning to announce an exciting convention that will be coming to the Shreveport-Bossier area in 2022.
The Fourth of July weekend of 2022 will be a huge weekend for the Shreveport-Bossier area attracting over 6,000 people from the Gold Wing Road Riders Association.
The Gold Wing Road Riders Association announced Thursday morning that they will be bringing their 43rd Wing Ding Convention to Shreveport next year.
“The Gold Wing Road Riders Association Wing Ding Conference and this will be the 43rd conference they have had, and I am proud to say that Shreveport-Bossier is the first time they have been in Louisiana,” said David Bradley, Vice President of Sales and Services at the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau. “That’s exciting.”
The Gold Wing Road Riders Association is recognized as the world’s largest single-marquee conference for safety, technical, educational, and social organizations for riders of touring motorcycles.
Once a year, members and many other motorcycle enthusiasts gather for the largest, most prestigious ultimate and luxury touring motorcycle extravaganza in the world, called “Wing Ding.”
Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau have been working on bringing the Wing Ding Convention to the Shreveport-Bossier area since August of 2017.
“This is huge,” said Brandy Evans, Vice President of Communications at the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau. “Tourism was one of the industries that were most impacted by the pandemic not just here in Shreveport-Bossier but literally around the world. Landing a convention this big helps us to bring back that meetings market which is part of the overall tourism.”
It is estimated that the tourism industry lost approximately 1 trillion dollars in economic impact and more than one hundred million jobs worldwide in 2020. This convention will be the first large convention to be held in Shreveport since COVID-19 and city officials from Shreveport and Bossier City are thrilled to welcome this event.
“We just came out of a pandemic our economy got crushed last year, to be able to bring a thousand for a conference for 4,000 hotel nights is a huge economic shot to the arm and is much needed right now,” Perkins said.
This event will bring in approximately 6,000 people, utilizing approximately 4,866 overnight hotel rooms in the area, creating an estimated economic impact of 4.4 million dollars which will go directly to supporting 1,460 jobs in Shreveport-Bossier.
Evans said, “The benefit of having that many people in the community is that you get 6,000 people who come into your community. They are going to stay at the hotel, some of them are going to go over to the casinos and spend money. They are going to dine out in our restaurants. They are going to visit local attractions. They are going to go on tours. They spend all of that money and that sales tax goes into the city of Shreveport and Bossier City and then those people go home we don’t provide them with education, we don’t take care of their roads, or any services for them but they leave their money so that the rest of us can live and receive the benefits.”