Tourism Tuesdays July 7, 2015

  • Monroeville celebrates Harper Lee’s new novel
  • Intermark lands state tourism advertising account
  • CNN: The difference between grilling and barbecue
  • Famous foods: Sweet Rack Rib Shack named in ‘The 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America’
  • Alabama-based Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q to be featured this week on Food Network
  • MONEY magazine names Prattville top place for golfers to retire
  • USA’s Supermileage Car to visit Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center
  • Americana, roots and alt-country acts aplenty as Maverick Festival comes to Easton Farm Park in July
  • Gallery: Easton Farm Park transported to the Deep South for Maverick Festival
  • Maverick Festival in UK hosts approximately 3,000
  • Tourism’s UK rep attends British Airways Brand USA Golf and Networking Day
  • Travel South USA announces record number of overseas visitors in 2014
  • In Memoriam: Mike Foster, former Gulf Coast Marketing VP
  • Time now for Alabama restaurants to sign-up for Alabama Restaurant Week
  • Make a difference by donating to the AGCT Silent Auction
  • Alabama Tourism Department Workshop
  • Search is on for Alabama Barbecue Restaurants
  • Alabama artists and craftspeople
  • 2016 Vacation Guide & Calendar of Event deadlines
  • Alabama Tourism Department (ATD) upcoming events

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Monroeville celebrates Harper Lee’s new novel

On the day that Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” goes on sale, her hometown takes on the feel of Maycomb of 60 years ago when a grownup “Scout” Finch returns from New York to visit with her aging father Atticus at the dawn of the civil rights movement.

Vintage cars and trucks will be parked around the 1903 courthouse and in front of the old bank on the southwest corner of the square where Atticus (and Miss Lee’s father A.C. Lee) practiced law, and where their reunion begins, said Chamber of Commerce director Mrs. Sandy Smith.

Some 250 fans of “To Kill a Mockingbird” will be able to join a marathon reading of “Watchman” upstairs in the oval courtroom, now a museum, made famous by Gregory Peck in the film version of “Mockingbird,” said museum director Stephanie Rogers.

Local historians, including Dr. Wayne Flynt, a close friend of the author, will sit in rocking chairs off the northeast corner of the square to tell stories under the porch of the Monroe County Library. The building housed the La Salle Hotel in 1961 when Peck and his wife stayed on a visit with the author, said library director Mrs. Bunny Nobles.

Early in the book, Scout walks from her father’s law office past stores on the south side of the square. The Prop & Gavel restaurant now occupies the space that V.J. Elmore’s did in Miss Lee’s youth, and where Scout’s brother Jem bought her a sparkly baton in the pages of “Mockingbird.” In “Watchman,” the grownup Scout walks south on Alabama Street toward the Finch place where she experiences the first of numerous surprises in the new novel.

Guides will lead walking tours around the square and point out locations that inspired scenes in both of Miss Lee’s novels, the chamber director said.

People who participate in the marathon reading will receive a “readers” certificate and those who purchase a $20 family membership at the library get a hand fan with the cover of the novel on one side and a vintage photo of the La Salle on the back, said the library director.

Intermark lands state tourism advertising account
Intermark Group marketing agency will succeed Luckie & Company as the agency of record for the Alabama Tourism Department’s $6 million annual advertising contract, director Lee Sentell said today.

“Luckie has created memorable and successful campaigns based on the themes our agency has suggested, including branding ‘Sweet Home Alabama.’ Most importantly, the amount of tourism expenditures in the state has increased by 80 percent to $11.8 billion during the 12 years that Luckie has handled the account,” he said. In addition, the tourism department has won numerous regional and national tourism awards, including a silver award last month from the Advertising Federation of America for the Alabama Civil Rights Trail.

The two Birmingham agencies, who are also the largest agencies in the state, were the lowest bidders among 12 companies that submitted proposals, he said. State contracts are limited to two years before rebidding, and are awarded based on a combination of agency capabilities and cost.

Intermark will handle responsibilities for creating the 2016 “year of” marketing campaign, to be announced this fall, and the state’s bicentennial celebration from 2017 through 2019, he said. Sentell said that “Intermark’s psychology driven marketing approach, along with their deep experience in digital marketing, makes them a great choice to carry on a long tradition in the growth of tourism in Alabama.”

Intermark CEO Jake McKenzie said the agency has recent brand experience with Toyota, Mohawk, Krispy Kreme, BBVA Compass, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and Talladega Superspeedway. The firm has 117 full-time employees.

CNN: The difference between grilling and barbecue
By Emanuelle Grinberg, CNN, July 6

After moving to Atlanta from New York years ago, it quickly became evident I had a language problem.

I embraced “y’all” with ease for its gender neutrality. Sweet tea somehow made sense, too. But it took years for me to let go of the habit of declaring a “barbecue” every time I decided to cook hamburgers, steaks or hot dogs on the grill.

A friend from Memphis was the first to call me out. Surely, I meant I was going to “grill out,” he said.

Barbecue involves slabs of meat cooking for hours — in a grill, in a smoker or maybe in the ground, depending on one’s level of enthusiasm. Grilling meat or vegetables for minutes at a time, he said, does not a barbecue make.

It would take years for me to see it his way (or, more likely, give up the fight) after learning what barbecue means to the South. There are rankings and contests and immutable beliefs about who does it best, all dependent on where you live and who your parents are — much like the origin of my linguistic confusion.

An email from my mother about her Memorial Day weekend says it all: “We had our first barbecue of the season: hot dogs, hamburgers and marinated chicken.”

Whether you call it barbecue, BBQ or Q, it’s more than a way of cooking, it’s myth, folklore, and American history, to quote culinary historian Sylvia Lovegren. Rather than rehash all that grist and grizzle, let’s look at something fairly basic: the difference between grilling and barbecue.

‘Low and slow’

Experts at the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival in May offered clarity. In a nutshell, the difference is temperature and time.

Grilling is done over direct heat at high temperatures, said cookbook author Matt Lee, one half of the Lee Bros.

“Grilling is all about getting that quick sear with high temperatures,” he said.

Barbecue, on the other hand, is both a noun and a discipline, typically left to an esteemed member of the community because of the time commitment, “usually, Uncle Larry,” Lee said.

Barbecue is cooked “low and slow,” said pitmaster Chris Lilly of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur, Alabama, who was inducted into the Alabama Barbecue Hall of Fame in June. Barbecue is cooked over coals at low temperatures using indirect heat by pushing coals to one zone of the cooker and the meat to another zone.

Chef David Bancroft of Acre in Auburn, Alabama, concurred.

“When I am hosting a barbecue, I serve delicious smoked meats mopped down with homemade barbecue sauce. If we aren’t hosting a barbecue, then we might be grilling juicy steaks. Barbecue, for my family, is low and slow cooking, where grilling is intense direct heat,” he said.

But barbecue is more than a technique, Lilly added. It’s an experience.

“If I invite you to a barbecue, you better bring a pillow and blanket because it’s a whole weekend affair,” said Lilly.

“It’s about family and community.”

From George Washington to Lyndon B. Johnson and many more in between, American politicians saw value in this definition of barbecue, using them as excuses for parties and events for political glad-handing.

Like many American traditions, they drew inspiration from existing cultures.
Blame it on the BBQ sauce
Spanish conquistadors reported seeing Taino-Arawak and Carib natives in Hispaniola roasting, drying and smoking meat “on wooden frameworks over small beds of coals,” Lovegren wrote in the article “Barbecue” for the June 2003 volume of American Heritage.

The framework was called a babracot, which the Spaniards turned into the word “barbacoa,” Lovegren wrote. The first European arrivals in America also found natives barbecuing “south of the not-yet-delineated Mason-Dixon Line” and took a liking to it.

Lovegren also concluded that barbecue is not grilling. It’s not flipping burgers, searing a steak or basting chicken and ribs with barbecue sauce, as was the custom at my family barbecues in Long Island. It’s cooking over low heat for hours, she said.

Beyond that, questions such as what kind of meat to cook, for how long and in what kind of sauce will produce just as many opinions as varieties of BBQ sauce in the grocery aisle.

Ted Lee blames the sauce for the blending of the terms “grilling” and “barbecue.” As more prepared sauces came on the market in 1950s and 1960s with the growing popularity of outdoor grilling, more people started using the terms interchangeably, he said.

“While the terms barbecuing and grilling are often considered to be synonymous, it is more precise to say that barbecuing is a type of grilling.”

All of that makes sense to me. Like anything, it’s best to know your audience. As long as I’m living in the South, I’ll keep barbecue separate from grilling.

To read this entire article online, go to: http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/03/living/barbecue-bbq-grilling-july-4-feat/index.html

Famous foods: Sweet Rack Rib Shack named in ‘The 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America’

The Troy Messenger, May 29

Sweet Rack Rib Shack is now listed as one of the top barbecue restaurants in America.

Johnny Fugitt, author of The 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America, visited 365 restaurants in 365 days in search of the top 100. He contacted Chris and Amanda Dickens, owners of Sweet Rack, to schedule a visit at their Tallahassee location on March 21, 2014. The book was published May 12 and included Sweet Rack, which expanded to Troy earlier this year.

“We started from nothing,” Amanda said. “No one in Tallahassee knew who we were, what we were, what we served or anything, and because of the reviews and comments our guests wrote between our opening date and the day Johnny found us online, he chose to visit Sweet Rack.” Customers had posted great reviews for Sweet Rack on social media and review sites such as Yelp and Urbanspoon.

“We were very nervous to even be considered to become a part of a list of top 100,” she said. “At the time it seemed like it would just be a memory of just having him in the store.”

Fugitt sampled everything they offered from the ribs and pulled pork down to the desserts and even their homemade sauces. Chris said that Sweet Rack is “dedicated to serving meats that are hormone and antibiotic free,” even though at times that means some items aren’t available to customers because owners have difficulty sourcing ingredients.

“He raved over everything, and we can honestly say we did not do anything different in the preparation or the cooking,” Amanda said.

Now, one year later, Sweet Rack has moved from Tallahassee to Troy, giving The Square a dose of stardom. However, Sweet Rack has made some changes since the move. The atmosphere is no longer a “Hooters” theme, as Amanda described, and Sweet Rack offers full table service as opposed to counter service.

“We had two years to build our restaurant in Tallahassee before he visited and then when we moved to Troy, other than the name and the recipes, we had to basically start over,” Amanda said. “We had to retrain an entire new staff.

We went from counter service to full table service, which is a huge difference in training.  We have a two-floor restaurant and this may seem small but it is like running two restaurants in one. We had such high expectations already set for Sweet Rack in Troy and we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. However, we would like to address that we are still on the path to those same results like we developed in Tallahassee.

“We are proud to be back in Troy,” she continued. “We have had some hard critics but to those who may have not been in to visit since we opened, we invite you back in.  Bring in your friends and family and you will join the majority of our regular guests and new guests as loving what we offer at Sweet Rack Rib Shack.”

The book is available on Amazon.com for $15.99.

“Being named as the Top 100 BBQ restaurants in America is like a dream come true for us,” Amanda said.

To read this article online, go to:  http://www.troymessenger.com/2015/05/29/famous-foods-sweet-rack-rib-shack-named-in-the-100-best-barbecue-restaurants-in-america/#2xfzeL88s2uwFJrh.99

MONEY magazine names Prattville top place for golfers to retire
By Marty Roney, Montgomery Advertiser, July 5

“Man, I would never get tired of that view,” Ed Benson said of the iconic No. 1 tee of the Judge at Prattville’s Capitol Hill golf course.

Even if you haven’t played the course, you likely have seen that signature image. The fairway drops some 200 feet to the backwaters of the Alabama River, with the Montgomery skyline in the background. Photos have graced promotional items of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, and were on the cover on state maps a few years ago.

That vista, and Capitol Hill, were good enough for MONEY magazine, which has named Prattville as the best place in the country for golfers to retire.

“If golf and retirement go together like gin and tonic, Prattville must be the Tanquery 10 of golfing towns,” the magazine writes. “It is home to three championship courses and sits in the middle of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, a 488-hole, 26 course putters’ paradise stretching over 11 Alabama sites.”

Benson, of Louisville, was in town recently with a group of golfing buddies. So is Prattville golfers heaven?

‘We’ve played the trail for years, but we always come back to Prattville and Capitol Hill,” said Benson, a salesman for an industrial supply company. “It would be a great place to retire if you love golf. You could play year-round, which is a huge draw for people living in the part of the country where there is snow on the ground four months out of the year.”

The designation is good news, said Mike Beverly, director of golf at Capitol Hill.

“Capitol Hill is proud to represent Prattville and the River Region as one of the best places to retire for golfers,” Beverly told MONEY. “The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail has always taken pride in offering world class golf at affordable prices. What makes this recognition rewarding is that we are achieving what Dr. (David) Bronner (head of the Retirement Systems of Alabama) intended for the Trail in its inception, which was to build world class golf and change the image of the state while attracting golfers from all over the world to Alabama.”

The magazine also listed attractive demographics for Prattville; a ratio of 32 percent of the population being above 50, a median home price of $150,415, average annual property taxes of $490 and 24 golf courses within 30 miles of the city.”

Capitol Hill’s courses are named the Senator, the Legislator and the Judge, in keeping with the governmental theme.
MONEY praised Capitol Hill, and its 1,500 acres and 54 holes.

“Each of Prattville’s courses has its own character,” the magazine writes. “The Judge, which hugs the Alabama River is arguably the prettiest. The tough, hilly Legislator winds across a cypress swamp. The Senator was named by Travel + Leisure as one of the 100 best courses for under $100. They’re all affordable and open to the public. Green fees run $45 in the winter and summer and up to $75 in the spring and fall.”

To read this entire article, go to: http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/local/progress/2015/07/05/prattville-named-top-place-golfers-retire/29738231/

 

USA’s Supermileage Car to visit Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center

A “Supermileage” car developed by engineering students at the University of South Alabama will be on display July 18 – 26, at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center.

The car was recently featured at the 36th Supermileage Competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers that permits college teams to build a single-passenger vehicle using a one-cylinder, four-cycle engine, but significant modification is allowed. The modifications result in some highly unusual vehicles.

The Supermileage competition helps students develop practical engineering and problem-solving skills they can use to success in their careers, such as making future vehicles more fuel-efficient.

The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center is located at 65 Government Street in Downtown Mobile.  Hours are Mon. – Thur. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Fri. – Sat. 10: a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sun. Noon – 5:00 p.m.  For more information, call 251-208-6893 or visit www.exploreum.com#

Alabama Tourism sponsored Maverick Music Festival in UK

Della Tully, Alabama Tourism Department’s UK In-Market Representative, promoted Alabama at the Maverick Music Festival in Suffolk, England over the July 4th weekend. Approximately 3,000 UK Americana music lovers attended the 3 day festival where Alabama had its own ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ pavilion, on the green overlooking the main stage, to exhibit and display brochures.  Many show goers came to speak with Della and pick up
Alabama guides, maps and brochures. UK Tour Operator Bon Voyage also exhibited at the show as a call to action.

The main stage was named the ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ stage and decorated with an Alabama car tag style back drop.
The BBQ pit at the festival was named ‘The Alabama Barbecue Trail’ with an 8 foot sign using the Year of Alabama Barbecue official logo.

Alabama musicians, including Debbie Bond of the Alabama Blues Project, Rick Asherson, Hannah Aldridge, Lisa Mills, Sonia Leigh and Rick Harris, were part of the Maverick Festival line up. They featured in an ‘Alabama Sweethearts’ showcase on the Sweet Home Alabama stage on Saturday morning and in a ‘Yellowhammer Review’ on the Moonshine stage on Saturday evening as well as in their own individual performances across the festival weekend. On Saturday afternoon Debbie Bond and Rick Asherson hosted a harmonica workshop and Rick Harris hosted a dobro workshop.  The Moonshine stage had an Alabama sign based on the state’s official bird, the Yellowhammer.

Tourism’s UK rep attends British Airways Brand USA Golf and Networking Day
Della Tully, Alabama Tourism’s UK In-Market Representative, attended the British Airways Brand USA Golf and Networking Day in Epsom, Surrey UK on June 30.  She was able to network with UK golf tour operators and leading travel trade publication Travel Weekly at a prestigious golf venue to promote awareness of Alabama’s RTJ Golf Trail.  The event was attended by travel professionals, destination representatives and British Airways ambassadors.
Travel South USA announces record number of overseas visitors in 2014

Travel South USA is pleased to announce that its twelve state region registered a record 2.5 million overseas visitor arrivals in 2014. Travel South USA is the official regional marketing organization for the Southern United States and its mission is to promote, foster, and encourage travel to and within the southern states.

Additionally, overseas visitation to the Travel South USA region grew nearly 21% over 2013, almost tripling the overall United States visitation growth, which was 7.4%. The Travel South USA region received 7.4% of all overseas visitors in 2014, up from 6.6% in 2013.

A shift in demand for travel to the South – from strong traditional markets such as the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy – led to the Travel South USA region’s growth in visitation. In addition, the Travel South USA region garnered impressive growth in emerging markets such as Brazil, China and Australia, a growth market and countries of emphasis for Travel South USA in 2014.

In 2014 more leisure visitors traveled to and within the region. Student travel was up, as well as the number of first-time visitors to the Travel South USA region. Sightseeing, visiting small towns and touring historical locations were among the top leisure activities that attracted international visitors. The South’s reputation for fine dining also attracted overseas visitors.

“I’m delighted that our marketing efforts are resonating with international audiences and influencing visitation,” said Duane Parrish, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Travel South USA. “Through strategic, collaborative campaigns, we showcased the South’s history, culture, food and natural beauty, and set the stage for more tourism growth.”

Travel South USA credits collaborative marketing for the significant increase in international visitation to the Southern United States. The twelve state region successfully leveraged its resources to present a unified and comprehensive marketing campaign to the international community. Undertaking a large, multi-country Pan-European Sales Mission from June 16-June 26, 2015, Travel South USA President & CEO Liz Bittner, along with partners from the region, traveled through Milan, Amsterdam, Belgium and Paris to sell the South as an international tourism destination. This Sales Mission was carried out through a partnership with Brand USA and the USA Pavilion established at Expo Milano.

For more information about International Showcase 2015: www.TravelSouthUSA.org

For consumer information about travel to the South: www.TravelSouthUSA.com

In Memoriam: Mike Foster, former Gulf Coast Marketing VP

Mike Foster, well-known in destinations across the country for his innovative marketing techniques – as well as his quick wit and brilliant smile, passed away Monday after a prolonged illness. Foster served as Vice President of Marketing for Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism (GSOBT) from 1999 to 2012 and is still considered a part of the Alabama tourism family. The list of accomplishments credited to Foster during his Alabama tenure is long and includes taking a leadership role in organizing a regional tourism effort across the northern Gulf Coast that became known as South Coast USA while also leading Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism’s marketing efforts to ever-increasing successes.

Running through all his accomplishments was an ability to lead people along, helping them find their strengths and reach new heights, then celebrating their successes. “Because of Mike’s leadership,” said GSOBT President/CEO Herb Malone, “many people are running better organizations or businesses, leading stronger destinations, building brighter futures. We know that’s not exclusive to us here on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. There are friends, family, organizations and destinations across the country with similar stories, memories and the same sense of gratefulness.”

Mike was 66 years old and will be missed by a loving family as well as a legion of fellow tourism professionals.

Time now for Alabama restaurants to sign-up for Alabama Restaurant Week
Aug. 14 – 23

The Alabama Tourism Department would like to announce that it is time for restaurants to sign up to participate in this year’s Alabama Restaurant Week.

There is no cost to the restaurant or to their customers to participate in the promotion, which covers the 10-day period, from Fri., Aug. 14 through Sun., Aug. 23.

Alabama Restaurant Week is the Alabama Tourism Department’s campaign aimed at helping Alabama restaurants gain new customers, and is also a way for us to say thank you for your contribution to tourism in our state.

To sign up, someone from the restaurant must go to the website www.alabamarestaurantweek.com  and click on “sign up your restaurant.”

For restaurants that participated last year, you will find the process is easier this year.  Just log back in at www.alabamarestaurantweek.com  and review your information.  Make corrections only if necessary and click the box that says you want to participate this year.

This year we have attempted to make it even easier for you to sign up.  If you participated last year, all your previous restaurant and meal information should be in our computer and retrievable by you.  If you do not remember your log in, there is even a way to retrieve your previous sign up passwords.

For both new and returning restaurants, please note your information will display best if you actually type the information into the website form (in other words, do not “cut and paste”).

Last year 238 restaurants participated in Alabama Restaurant Week. The restaurants were located in 55 Alabama cities and towns.

For 2015, the eight Alabama Tourism Department Welcome Centers distributed 30,000 Alabama Restaurant Week rack cards to visitors traveling in Alabama.  The Alabama Tourism Department supports the event with a public relations release and social media campaign and will provide in-store material for participating restaurants.

This year many cities have their own Restaurant Week promotional material in support of the Alabama Tourism Department’s efforts.

There is no cost to the restaurant or to their customers to participate in the promotion.

The Alabama Restaurant Week set price multi–course meal(s) of $10, $20 and $30 for dinner and $5, $10 and $15 for lunch excludes tax, tip and drink. A restaurant may participate in all three preset prices for both lunch or dinner, or just one or any combination. A restaurant does not have to participate in both lunch and dinner.

Remember, to qualify for participation, a restaurant must be locally owned and operated and/or a restaurant important to the tourism industry and located in Alabama. Most chain restaurants do not quality.  Alabama Tourism Department reserves the right to include or deny any restaurant. Restaurants must enroll through www.alabamarestaurantweek.com and enter their specials before the beginning of the promotion.

For more information, contact the Alabama Restaurant Week coordinator Grey Brennan, grey.brennan@tourism.alabama.gov

Make a difference by donating to the AGCT Silent Auction

The Silent Auction-Wine/Craft Beer Pull, held during the Alabama Governor’s Conference on Tourism, benefits the Alabama Tourism & Hospitality Industry Scholarship Fund.  The AGCT Silent Auction has raised more than $265,000 throughout the past 26 years.  Scholarships are awarded annually to students currently working toward degrees in the field of hospitality, tourism, hotel, culinary or food service management. Students enrolled in four-year colleges/universities must be at least a second semester freshman, but no further along than a second semester junior at time of application. Students from two-year colleges must be at least in their second semester of their first year, but no further along than their first semester of their second year at time of application.

To make a Silent Auction Donation please visit http://www.algovernorsconference.com.  Scholarships will be awarded during the Alabama Governor’s Conference on Tourism, August 4 at the Battle House Hotel & Spa.

Conference registration, full agenda and hotel reservations available online at http://algovernorsconference.com.

Alabama Tourism Department Workshop

The Alabama Tourism Department will host a Tourism Workshop on Thur., July 9 in Montgomery.  This workshop is for new tourism industry members, event organizers and anyone interested in enhancing tourism in their area.

Many of ATD’s staff members will be in attendance at the workshop and you will have an opportunity for one-on-one time with each of them.

The workshop will be at the Alabama Center for Commerce Building, 401 Adams Avenue, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

There is no registration fee.

For additional information, please contact Rosemary Judkins at 334-242-4493 or via email at Rosemary.Judkins@Tourism.Alabama.Gov

Search is on for Alabama Barbecue Restaurants

The Alabama Tourism Department is conducting a search for barbecue restaurants around the state that might not have made it into the Alabama Barbecue book.  If you are or know of any barbecue restaurants in your area, please go to http://partners.alabama.travel/ to sign in and join Alabama Tourism’s Year of Alabama Barbecue.

Alabama artists and craftspeople

Alabama is home to a vast number of talented and creative artists and craftspeople who produce a wide variety of items including, but not limited to, woodwork, paintings, ceramics, fabrics and a lot of food.

The Alabama Tourism Department is looking for information about these artists and crafters and their products.  We are interested in the home-grown cottage industries rather than the industrial giants.

Please send information about people and their products, including contact information, to Peggy Collins, peggy.collins@tourism.alabama.gov or call 334-242-4545.

Deadlines are here for the 2016 Vacation Guide & Calendar of Event

Today is the last day to submit information in order to have your events listed in the printed version of the Calendar of Events.  July 10 is the last day to submit your attractions’ information for the Vacation Guide.

The web address is: http://partners.alabama.travel/users/signin.

If you have any questions, call Pam Smith at 334-353-4541.

Alabama Tourism Department (ATD) upcoming events

July 9                           Alabama Tourism Workshop in Montgomery
July 10                         Deadline for Vacation Guide
Aug 1 – 4                    Alabama Governor’s Conference on Tourism – Mobile
Aug 8 – 12                  Alabama Motorcoach/SCMA/GMOA Regional Meeting
Lake Lanier, GA
Aug 14 – 23                Alabama Restaurant Week

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