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EAA Celebrates National Tourism Week


EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (May 7, 2023) — EAA is joining the celebration of National Tourism Week on May 7-13 as the organization plays a significant role in the success of the multi-billion dollar Wisconsin tourism industry each year.

“EAA continues to be an essential destination for aviation enthusiasts on a regional, national, and international scale,” says Rick Larsen, EAA Vice President of Community & Member Programs. “Between AirVenture, the museum, and other events, EAA contributes to state tourism year-round with our museum, unique programming and, of course, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh each summer.”

AirVenture is the largest contributor to EAA’s status as a crown jewel of Wisconsin tourism. Enthusiasts from 92 different countries were among the total attendance of 650,000 during the entire week in July 2022. More than 12,000 campsites were reserved among aircraft and drive-in camping. The total economic impact of the event for the five counties in the Oshkosh region is estimated to be $170 million based on a 2017 study from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

“As more than 70 percent of AirVenture visitors come from outside Wisconsin, EAA is also a place that opens the door to discovering many other things Wisconsin has to offer,’ Larsen said. “Other famous Wisconsin destinations such as Door County and Wisconsin Dells are often among other state destinations that are enjoyed while EAA members and attendees are here.”

The EAA Aviation Museum, now celebrating its 40th year in Oshkosh, remains a popular attraction with as many as 100,000 visitors each year. The variety of events hosted at the museum provide education and entertainment for all age groups and many different interests. Some popular events of the past year include Christmas in the Air, Space Day, and Flight at the Museum. In addition, the new EAA Education Center is already welcoming visitors from throughout the country for pilot seminars and youth education.

More Information about EAA and upcoming events can be found at EAA.org.

About EAA
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and embodies The Spirit of Aviation through the world’s most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA’s 270,000 members and 900 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or go to www.eaa.org. For continual news updates, connect with www.twitter.com/EAA.

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