Alabama’s Gulf Coast summer revenue almost equal to last year

The Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau has released data showing that the lodging revenue from this year’s summer season was almost equal to last. Taxable lodging revenue for summer 2008 topped $130,224,911. This figure was .5% (or $633,729) less than summer 2007, which was a record-breaking year. “These numbers indicate that families still choose to take their annual summer vacation,” said Herb Malone, president/CEO of the CVB. “Instead of a costly or exotic vacation, many searched for alternatives, and we were happy that many selected our clean, family-friendly destination. When you stop to consider the cost of fuel and economic situation, it is a remarkable fact that we produced a summer season comparable to our previous benchmark year of 2007.”

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