Tourism

Hospitality Training Aims to Help Selma Boost Tourism

From the West Alabama Newsroom— A hospitality training workshop is coming to Selma — next  week on June 13th. Its an effort to help attract — retain — and grow tourism in the area. The new Huddle House restaurant in Selma — is set open in the next couple of weeks. Final preparations are underway — and management is getting…

City of Montgomery Sees Rise in Tourists, amid Spring Break

The city of Montgomery is seeing a rise in tourists as local families travel, and out-of-state families visit the area. One couple, from Virginia, says this is their first time in Montgomery and they came to see what they’ve only read about in history books. “I really wanted to see where it all happened,” said Victor Tucker, from Virginia, “You…

New Program Uses Social Media to Promote Tourism in West Alabama

From the West Alabama Newsroom– A new program kicks off in Selma — that uses social media to promote tourism in the Black Belt region. The Southwest Alabama Ambassador program — uses social media and people with a passion for the Black Belt — to show tourists — what the region has to offer. The University of Alabama Center for…

Selma Hosts Annual Alabama Welcome Center Retreat

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Tourism professionals from around the state are in Selma this week for the annual Alabama Welcome Center Retreat. Tourism is a billion dollar industry in the state of Alabama. Patti Culp is with the Alabama Travel Council. She says the retreat provides first-hand knowledge of the places — tourists may be interested in — when…

Despite the Pandemic, Alabama Tourism did Well in 2020

The Alabama Tourism Department announced that Alabama’s Travel Industry survived the pandemic better than the other 45 states. Despite the pandemic, Alabama ranks top 5 in the nation for the smallest percentage drop in travel expenditures. They estimated more than 22.5 million people visited the state of Alabama last year. The amount of tourism dollars spent in Alabama dropped 20%…

Montgomery Chamber Looking at Post-Pandemic Tourism

The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce is working to find new ways to market Montgomery as a destination when people are ready to travel again. Meg Lewis with the Chamber says Montgomery could be a destination many corporations and non-profits consider for diversity and inclusion training because of the city’s civil rights history.  She also says that travel experts expect…

Virus Outbreak Alabama Restaurants Large Crowds Return to Alabama Beaches

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Large crowds have returned to Alabama beaches as the state loosened restrictions on restaurants and social gatherings. WKRG-TV reports that beaches are seeing sizeable crowds. Alabama beaches opened this month after being closed for six weeks. The state last week allowed restaurants to reopen dining rooms if social distancing measures were being followed. “Each weekend has gotten…

Coronavirus Affecting Local Tourism

A state health order has closed all non-essential businesses in Alabama- effective now. The closures were set to begin at 5 p.m. It comes after leaders have been trying to help contain the spread of the coronavirus in the state. You can read more about closures here. City and community leaders say the coronavirus has effected many tourist attractions in…