State Walking Tours draw more than 1,000

More than 1,000 people participated in the Alabama Tourism Department’s June Walking Tours this summer. Some 27 towns across Alabama hosted the tours across the state.  Local community leaders lead the free tours through the historic districts or courthouse square areas of their hometowns each Saturday morning in June.  Towns with the most participants included Fairhope with 191, Athens with 123 and Tuscumbia with 90. The tours were coordinated by Brian Jones with the Alabama Tourism Department.  “We had great participation this year.  Alabama continues to be the only state in the nation to hold a program of statewide, simultaneous walking tours,” Jones said.  

Participating towns are being polled to ask if they want to continue to hold the tours in June or move them to April for next year.  Walking Tour towns are asked to respond by July 15 to brian.jones@tourism.alabama.gov with their preference for April or May walking tours for 2012.  Results of the poll will be announced at the Alabama Governor’s Conference on Tourism later this month.

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