Fayetteville, Arkansas, motorcycle rally, local charities, visitor spending, economic impact
- 59.9 percent of the 2013 Bikes, Blues & BBQ rally attendees came from outside the Northwest Arkansas region. 57.6 percent of all attendees were from outside Northwest Arkansas and primarily visiting to attend the motorcycle rally.
- The average spending of each motorcycle rally visitor from outside Northwest Arkansas was $401.86.
- Visitor spending generated at least $36.17 in state and local sales taxes per person.
- The average out-of-town visitor stayed in the Northwest Arkansas region for 3.8 days and occupied 0.7 room nights.
- Each visitor ate an average of 9.6 meals in Northwest Arkansas. On average, 8.9 meals were consumed in Fayetteville and the 0.7 meals in other Northwest Arkansas cities.
- The motorcycle rally attendees in produce a significant impact on hotel occupancy rates, associated hotel tax collections, restaurant prepared food taxes and sales taxes. While the impact of the hotel occupancy and associated tax collections are seen across the Northwest Arkansas region, the sales tax impacts are most evident in Fayetteville.
Deck, K. A., & Jebaraj, M. (2014). Analysis of Visitor Spending at the Bikes, Blues & BBQ Rally. Publications and Presentations. Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/cberpub/13