Tourism News

2013 Alabama BBQ Sauce-Off

The Alabama Tourism Department is looking for Alabama’s tastiest BBQ sauces for our statewide BBQ Sauce-Off. A panel of judges will select the winning BBQ sauce by region and then the winners will compete at the finals in Birmingham on May 18. All sauces must be from Alabama or bottled for an Alabama-based company. Sauces must be available […]

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is Alabama’s Number One Tourism Attraction

Montgomery, Ala – More than 592,000 golfers played the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail last year, ranking it number one among state attractions that charge admission.  Nine of the state’s Top Ten attractions charging admission showed an increase in attendance over previous years.  Attendance figures were collected by the Alabama Tourism Department from local tourism […]

What Alabama Welcome Centers Can Do For You

As the first points of contact with more than six million visitors each year, our eight Alabama Welcome centers greet travelers with true Southern hospitality. Our Mission – The mission of the Alabama Welcome Center is to achieve a positive impression of Alabama by assisting and informing the traveling public in a knowledgeable and courteous […]

Alabama Tourism plans BBQ competitions and restaurant week for 2013

MONTGOMERY – Alabama barbecue fans will vote for their favorite restaurants and experts will name the best barbecue sauce in 2013, tourism officials said, in announcing an expanded Year of Alabama Food campaign. A comprehensive list of barbecue restaurants, including 30 that have been in operation for a half century, will be posted online to […]

13 Ghostly Events to Celebrate Alabama’s Haunted History

Montgomery, Ala. – Visitors can experience Alabama’s haunted history in October with ghost trails, story-telling festivals and ghost walks. A variety of events and trails pay homage to the state’s ghostly history including a rare moonlit tour of the famous ghost town Old Cahawba where paranormal investigators will showcase their ghost hunting equipment. In Montgomery […]

State Tourism Website Features Fall Color Map

Montgomery, AL– An interactive map on the Alabama Tourism Department’s website allows visitors to see the predicted fall color change for each weekend this fall. The map, a list of recommended viewing sites and a fall colors driving route are all available on the state tourism website at www.alabama.travel. Large concentrations of hardwoods make Alabama […]

Alabama Tourism Wins National Award

Year of Music Campaign Wins U.S. Travel Association Mercury Award Montgomery, Ala.– The Alabama Tourism Department has won the U.S. Travel Association’s National Mercury Award for its 2011 Year of Music Campaign. The National Council of State Tourism Directors (NCSTD) presented the 2012 Mercury awards for Niche Marketing to tourism director Lee Sentell last night […]

20 Events to Celebrate Labor Day Weekend in Alabama

Montgomery, Ala. – Farm-to-table foods, re-enactments of famous battles and a commemoration honoring coon dogs highlight this year’s Labor Day weekend activities across Alabama. Some 20 events celebrate Labor Day beginning Friday, Aug. 31 with the world’s largest peanut boil in Luverne to the 75th annual Coon Dog Cemetery Celebration on Monday, Sept. 3 in […]