Air Show Impact

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

When NAS hosted its last air show in 2008, an estimated 100,000 showed up over the 2-day period.

If the numbers are anything like that this weekend, the event should have a huge impact on this area's economy.

The Blue Angels never disappoint, and that also goes for the restaurants and hotels in the cities they visit.

"We are going to have a lot of people in our area," said Suzy Johnson, Meridian-Lauderdale County tourism director.

"I hope to see a lot of them here," said Stephen Crissey, manager of Buffalo Wild Wings. "That would be really nice."

Buffalo Wild Wings has rearranged schedules to make sure all hands are on deck.

"Actually I didn't allow people to get time off because of the people we are expecting to be in town," said Crissey.

"We are pulling them from all over," said Johnson. "I think we are going to have a heavier concentration from the west and east side and the northern part of the state."

Johnson said she doesn't believe we will see as many people from south Mississippi as the last air show, as the Blue Angels just performed in Biloxi last weekend.

The tourism bureau has been preparing for this for quite a while now, advertising in Mississippi and Alabama.

"We don't advertise locally because our goal is to bring people from out of town, because we want them to spend the night," said Johnson. "That is what we are all about, heads and beds."

The big question is, will spectators will make the air show an overnight trip? But regardless, it's anticipated that the air show will be a big payday for the local economy.


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