Shoals area sees bump in annual tourism

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — State tourism officials
say lodging revenue in Colbert and Lauderdale counties in 2012 was $1.1
million — up by about $30,000 from 2011.

The TimesDaily of
Florence reported Sunday that state tourism officials said the increase
in lodging revenue was part of a nearly $303 million impact tourists had
on the shoals area of northern Alabama last year.

The total
includes money spent on hotels, restaurants, entertainment, retail
shopping, admissions to attractions and tourist events.

Officials
say more than 3,080 people in the area work in industries that support
tourism. Those industries include lodging, entertainment, public
transportation, automotive transportation, restaurants and retail.

Assistant
Director for Florence-Lauderdale Tourism, Alison Stanfield, says the
numbers are a good indicator of the general strength of the local
economy.

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