AFA visitors bring $1.5 million in sales

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air.force.academy.afaThe arrival of the class of 2018 at the U.S. Air Force Academy this week, along with the arrival of cadet-candidates at the academy’s Prep School on July 16, will add more than $1.5 million to the local economy, according to a press release.

When all the figures are added up, the estimated 4,760 visiting family members, relatives and friends of cadets and cadet-candidates will generate approximately $1,428,000 in direct revenue in the Pikes Peak Region, and an additional $108,956 in city, county, state and Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority sales taxes.

Together, the total impact of in-processing for both the Academy and Prep School will be $1,536,956, said Meade Warthen, chief, media relations division.