Articles tagged “alabama”

Lynching Memorial Draws Tourists to a New Kind of Deep South

Lynching Memorial Draws Tourists to a New Kind of Deep South

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

In Montgomery, Alabama, the tourism board and a new memorial to victims of lynching are building off each other's visibility, drawing visitors into a revitalized area of the Deep South they may not recognize.

5 days ago

Pres. Obama Adds Alabama Civil Rights District to National Park Service

Pres. Obama Adds Alabama Civil Rights District to National Park Service

Jay Reeves, Associated Press

Civil rights tourism is already a staple for the Alabama Tourism Department and this National Monument designation will take it to the next level. If the throngs of visitors at the new African American museum in Washington D.C. have taught us anything, federal recognition can be a very good thing.

2 years ago

Alabama’s New Top Tourism Spot Is Muscle Shoals Studio

Alabama’s New Top Tourism Spot Is Muscle Shoals Studio

Jay Reeves, Associated Press

Destinations are getting smarter about promoting the attractions that are unique to them.

2 years ago

Alabama Town Is Investing in Harper Lee Tourism to Bring Visitors

Alabama Town Is Investing in Harper Lee Tourism to Bring Visitors

Jay Reeves, Associated Press

Considering that Lee's book has been a best seller for over half a century, you would have thought that Alabama would have jumped on this sooner. Done right, this can be a huge draw.

2 years ago

Carnival Cruise Line Returns to Alabama After 5-Year Absence

Carnival Cruise Line Returns to Alabama After 5-Year Absence

John Sharp, Associated Press

Carnival Cruise Line had trouble raising pricing out of Mobile, Alabama five years ago so it left. The city has helped Carnival several times over the last few years during various crises but nothing's assured regarding whether the cruise line is actually back for the long term.

2 years ago

Civil Rights Sites Present Tourism Opportunity in America’s South and West

Civil Rights Sites Present Tourism Opportunity in America’s South and West

Russell Contreras, Associated Press

Some of America's lesser-known civil rights sites in the south and west have been ignored for decades, but now, preservationists see an opportunity to promote educational tourism to these historic places.

2 years ago

The Rise of Civil Rights Tourism in America’s Deep South

The Rise of Civil Rights Tourism in America’s Deep South

Sarah Enelow, Skift

Historically, tourism in the Deep South steered clear of discussing slavery and Jim Crow, instead leaning on less contentious topics like country music and antebellum architecture. But now, civil rights museums are becoming an important part of the South's tourism landscape, even if many state tourism boards haven't gotten on the bandwagon.

2 years ago

Alabama Says Holiday Weekend Will Help Give it Record Year For Tourism

Alabama Says Holiday Weekend Will Help Give it Record Year For Tourism

Jay Reeves, Associated Press

Alabama and the rest of the Gulf Coast's tourism industry has considerably bounced back since the BP oil spill in 2010 but the region still has a long way to go before more inland areas, for example, also see the benefits.

2 years ago

BP Oil Spill Money Helps Alabama Rebuild a Beachfront Hotel

BP Oil Spill Money Helps Alabama Rebuild a Beachfront Hotel

Jay Reeves, Associated Press

One Gulf Coast disaster helps a hotel recover from another one.

2 years ago

5 Destinations Selling Diverse Experiences in Best Travel Ads This Week

5 Destinations Selling Diverse Experiences in Best Travel Ads This Week

Alexandra E. Petri, Skift

These destinations are getting right to it: They offer a world to discover.

3 years ago

Carnival Cruise Line to Return to Alabama After Multi-Year Absence

Carnival Cruise Line to Return to Alabama After Multi-Year Absence

Associated Press

Carnival Cruise Line entered into a short-term deal (13 months) to revisit cruise calls in Mobile, Alabama. You can think of this as a toe in the water to measure how viable the business would be from the city's cruise terminal.

3 years ago

Mobile, Alabama Is Challenging New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Crown

Mobile, Alabama Is Challenging New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Crown

Melissa Nelson-Gabriel, Associated Press

Despite the history, most visitors would rather hit Bourbon Street in the Big Easy than the equivalent in Mobile.

4 years ago