ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- It’s been bringing fans to Albuquerque ever since the show became a hit six years ago. Now, Breaking Bad is set to lure even more people to the Duke City this weekend with the first ever Breaking Bad Fest.
People from all over the world, from as far away as the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Australia are flocking to New Mexico ready to spend. The Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce said it couldn’t be more thrilled.
“I think it’s cool that people were so into the series so that it has almost this cult following,” said Chamber Vice President of Communications Beverly Cruz.
Beverly Cruz said all of this attention is welcomed news for a city struggling in a double dip recession, with some businesses still trying to get back in the black.
The inaugural Breaking Bad Fest invites fans from all over the world to make a pilgrimage to Albuquerque to see where the show was filmed, meet cast members and other fans.
Cruz said that translates into a boost for tourism and the econom, and not just for local businesses on the Breaking Bad bandwagon. She said it’s not just fan merchandise they’re looking for.
“I imagine that the hotel scene increased business, restaurants, any of those types of services that people need while they’re visiting a city will certainly see an economic boost during this period of time,” explains Cruz.
Cruz said the show’s success could mean even more for the city. She added that after the city welcomed the show, she is optimistic other television series’ could see that hospitality and choose Albuquerque to film.
Organizers say they had already sold 500 tickets by last Wednesday. They’re hoping to hit 1,000 by Friday.