Eufaula economy benefiting from sports tournaments

The goal of tourism in Eufaula is to put “heads in beds.” That’s why events such as the Dixie Junior Boys South Regional Tournament (July 18-22) are so important to the area. The benefits of hosting these tournaments, however, don’t stop after the teams pull out of town. Eufaula-Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Director of Tourism Corey Kirkland says these events also introduce people to the area. She says, “Sporting events are not just one-time tourism opportunities, but often visitors who attend swim meets and ball tournaments return to Eufaula at a later date for family vacations.”
“Lodgings tax dollars are up and have been for some time. That is fantastic, especially when you consider that two large hotels are currently closed for renovations.” The future of Eufaula tourism looks bright as several improvements and additions near completion. Quality Inn and Suites is scheduled to open in the next few months, says Kirkland, and the lodge at Lakepoint Resort State Park should re-open by July 2009.
We are in a very unique position in Eufaula as far as tourism,” says Kirkland. “We have a wonderful historic district with two homes that are available to tour year round, as well as the Pilgrimage tour of homes and the Christmas tour of homes. Our self-guided walking and driving tour brochure is very popular and on any given day, you can see visitor’s enjoying the historic district utilizing this tool.”

Eufaula’s abundant wildlife and dedication to protecting its natural resources have nurtured a different kind of tourism known as eco-tourism. “Eco-Tourism is increasingly popular in Eufaula,” says Kirkland. “As the nation’s first Audubon International Certified Sustainable Community, it is good to know that the city is mindful of preserving these natural resources through the Eufaula 2020 plan.”
From the article “Tournaments benefit local economy” by Tiffiny Woo in the July 17 edition of the Eufaula Tribune. For the complete article see:

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