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State Parks Honored with Travelers’ Choice Awards


Cathedral Caverns State ParkDeSoto State ParkJoe Wheeler State ParkLake Guntersville State ParkMonte Sano State ParkRickwood Caverns State ParkDeSoto Falls and the Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge where honored for making the list of attractions within or adjacent to a North Alabama state park. Read More »

1818 Farms Wins Amazon’s Woman-Owned Business of Year Award


Amazon has awarded its first “Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year” award to an Alabama company. 1818 Farms, which began in Mooresville and has its offices in Huntsville, was chosen from six finalists in the category in Amazon’s first-ever United States Small Business Spotlight Awards. More than 1,300 U.S. small businesses nominated themselves for the awards across three categories – ... Read More »

Mentone Named One of America’s Most Stunning Towns


Reader’s Digest magazine has named Mentone, Alabama, as one of the most stunning 25 mountain towns in America. In an on-line article by journalist Lindsay Cohn, Mentone joined locations from Asheville to Whitesburg as alpine escapes around the United States are utterly enchanting. The article spotlight on Mentone read: “Next time you’re in Alabama, journey beyond Montgomery or Mobile. Perched ... Read More »

Mountain Lakes Chamber Hires New Tourism Director


The Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce continues its main role as an active leader and facilitator in promoting visibility, credibility and communication while providing a means of growth through tourism. As the organization responsible for promoting the charming towns and stunning landscape across Jackson County, we know that a strong economy is driven in part by a thriving tourism initiative ... Read More »

Post your 2020 Events to the State Web Site


2020 is right around the corner. As you gear up for the new year, remember to add events to your partner page. Creating events in advance ensures they will be approved and published with time for users to see them. Don’t have all your event details planned yet? Not a problem. You can always edit events to change or include ... Read More »

State 2019 Fall Tourism Workshop Oct. 16


The Alabama Tourism Department will host its semi-annual Tourism Workshop, Wed., Oct. 16. The workshop will be held in Montgomery at the Alabama Center for Commerce Building, 401 Adams Ave., from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. This workshop is designed for new tourism industry members, event organizers and anyone else interested in enhancing tourism in their area. There is no registration fee. ... Read More »

Grants Available


Grants Available from Partner Organizations AMLA has compiled a list of partner organizations that are offering grant opportunities. Following is a list of these organizations, grant guidelines and contact information. Alabama Association of RC&D Councils Grant Application AARC&DC will begin accepting grant applications for the 2020 fiscal year beginning on June 1, 2019, through July 31, 2019. The fiscal year ... Read More »

Space Center State’s Most Visited Attraction


More than 849,981 people visited the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville last year, ranking it first among state attractions that charge admission, state tourism officials said. The Birmingham Zoo ranked second with 543,090 and the Huntsville Botanical Garden was third with 353,841. Barber Vintage Motorsports Park in Birmingham placed fourth with 352,000 and the McWane Science Center in ... Read More »

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