EAA AirVenture adds millions to local economy

Posted on Jul 23, 2018 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh not only takes over the skies of the Fox Valley this week, but also its economy.

During last year’s AirVenture, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Business Success Center conducted a study of the event and its economic impact. Study authors found that AirVenture contributes $170 million in economic benefit to the Fox Valley region each year.

The annual AirVenture convention is held through Sunday at EAA grounds and Wittman Field in Oshkosh.

The study showed AirVenture visitors and exhibitors directly spent $121 million in Winnebago, Fond du Lac, Outagamie, Calumet and Brown counties. According to established regional economic models, that direct spending  led to additional spending of nearly $50 million. And while the study did not directly track spending outside of the five-county area, cities and businesses outside of the region also see a benefit.  

With approximately 70 percent of AirVenture visitors coming from outside Wisconsin, the event is one of the state’s top tourism attractions. Last year, 590,000 people from 80 countries attended AirVenture.

Learn more about this year’s event by clicking here.