Twenty-eight million tourists spent a record $16.8 billion while vacationing in Alabama in 2019, thanks to the arrival of more than a million additional guests who spent a billion dollars more than tourists the previous year.
For the first time guests paid more than one billion dollars in taxes to state and local governments, dollars which saved the average state family an estimated $537 a year in taxes. With growth at nearly 8 percent, it was the third consecutive year that travel expenditures grew by more than a billion dollars.
The travel and hospitality industry employed more than 200,000 workers for the first time in 2019. The economic impact analysis using a model developed by Dr. Keivan Deravi demonstrated that some 140,705 direct jobs led to the creation of 67,918 additional or indirect jobs. The analysis said that every $119,237 in travel industry spending creates one direct job in Alabama.
The state’s tourists’ expenditures have grown by 85 percent in the decade since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, setting records during each of the succeeding nine years.
Pool occupancy may vary based on the size of the pool and pool deck. The pool owner or operator must make reasonable efforts to prohibit groups of 10 or more from gathering, and a six-foot distance must be maintained between persons from different households.
In recent weeks, the term “community” has taken on a whole new meaning. We are apart physically but, in many ways, closer than ever in spirit. We are more intentional in our relationships – both personal and professional – and we all hope together for better days ahead. We are stronger together as a community, and we will rebound together.
It is hard to believe that Saunders Yachtworks convened our first company meeting to discuss the impact of the coronavirus on March 12. In the blink of an eye, we have radically changed so many of the practices and policies of our company and remained productive in our work. A month ago, we didn’t even know what “social distancing” or “flattening the curve” meant! I am very grateful and proud to work with such a “can do” group of people in our company and to be part of our marine industry. We are fortunate that our customers enjoy their lives on the water and that we can support them.
The South Baldwin Chamber Foundation (Chamber Foundation) serves 10 public and 2 private schools in South Baldwin County: Elberta Elementary School, Elberta Middle School, Elberta High School, Foley Elementary School, Foley Intermediate School, Foley Middle School, Foley High School, Magnolia School, Saint Benedict Catholic School, Snook Christian Academy, Summerdale School, and Swift School. Since 2003, we have provided financial support, student programs, and classroom grants to enrich education, develop leadership, and better our community.