Alabama’s hospitality industry fared much better than the national average during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, the Alabama Department of Revenue says. Because of the recession, spending in the state dipped approximately 7 percent while the national average was down 14 percent. Tourism Director Lee Sentell said the department reduced spending by 12 percent in anticipation of the national slowdown in travel. “The Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area had a good summer and we anticipate travel to pick up in 2010,” he said.
Thanks again to Brian Jones and the Alabama Tourism Department for this great news!