Nominations Again Being Accepted for National Geographic Project; How to Nominate

On March 25, 2014, the Alabama Tourism Department and National Geographic unveiled a new four-state project; U.S. Gulf Coast States Geotourism.  Some 341 Alabama sites nominated by 121 Alabamians were part of the website on the initial launch.  They joined similar sites from Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida in the four-state coloration with National Geographic. Geotourism […]

Alabama Tourism Department News March 26, 2014

National Geographic and Alabama Tourism collaborate on Geotourism project Alabama parks drive $375M into state economy Alabama State Parks to host second event as part of Baumhower’s ShrimpFest and BBQ Series at Gulf State Park pavilion U.S. Space & Rocket Center seeks a shuttle training aircraft ‘Happy’ song gets ahold of Birmingham in new viral […]

Alabama Tourism Department Newsletter March 20, 2014

Alabama Barbecue Bracket 2014: State’s BBQ joints compete for best pork, chicken, ribs and sauce U.S. Gulf Coast States Geotourism Workshop with National Geographic New Civil Heritage Trail debuts in downtown Montgomery Lee Sentell’s joke earns a headline Go for the food: Seafood Row on Alabama Gulf Coast Southern Hospitality Traveler magazine features state tourism’s Birmingham Road […]

Alabama Tourism Department Newsletter March 12, 2014

National Park Service chief tours civil rights landmarks Thousands march in Selma Travelers spent $11 billion in Alabama last year The Scottsboro Boys nominated for six British Awards, including Best Musical Alabama has two barbecue chains on the list of America’s 10 best U. S. Space & Rocket Center opened two new exhibits March 8 […]

Alabama Tourism Department Newsletter March 5, 2014

• U.S. Space & Rocket Center is Alabama’s #1 tourism attraction • National Shrimp Festival earns awards at industry conference • Red Mountain Park recognized as National City Park Leader • Park hosted the first annual African American tour • Travel to Mobile • Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries announces Facebook fishing photo contest • […]

Travelers spent $11 billion in Alabama last year

Montgomery, Ala – Travelers spent $11 billion and were responsible for more than 163,000 jobs last year in the state, according to preliminary estimates from the Alabama Tourism Department. This represents a 3.1% increase in travel spending over the previous year. The report showed that travelers spent money on hotels, restaurants, retail purchases and transportation […]

U.S. Space & Rocket Center is Alabama’s Number One Tourism Attraction

Montgomery, Ala – More than 580,000 people visited the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville last year, ranking it number one among state attractions that charge admission, followed by the Birmingham Zoo at second with 574,176 and the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at third with 530,678, state tourism officials say. Five of the […]

Alabama Tourism Department Newsletter February 12, 2014

Alabama tourism booming while Mississippi struggles Tourism booming in Montgomery Location, Location, Location Great American Bites: BBQ heaven at Alabama’s Dreamland U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville to receive nearly $1 million grant from NASA From driving school to upcoming new vehicle releases, Porsche and Barber Motorsports Park have strong ties Gadsden destination app […]