Twenty-two-point-three million people visited Alabama last year; that's a lot of money coming into our economy.
Now, the Dothan Tourism Bureau is working to bring even more tourists into the area.
Houston County employs 2,743 people to keep our tourism industry thriving.
The number of jobs needed to serve visitors to the area continues to increase as the Dothan economy becomes more tourist-friendly.
Executive Director of the Dothan Convention and Visitors Bureau Bob Hendrix said, "Tourism is going gangbuster. In June we had an 80 percent occupancy rate for hotels.
Many visitors to the Dothan area come to see the murals; and now, with technology, getting a tour of the murals is easier than ever before.
Hendrix added, "We're now adding a walking tour that will be downloadable to laptops and iPods so they can take a self guided walking tour."
And, local hospitals are also doing their part to promote tourism. By the end of next month Southeast Alabama Medical Center will offer their patients a brochure rack with information about all the latest restaurants and attractions in town.
Southeast Alabama Medical Center' Vice President of Marketing Rick Smith said, "People always look for something to do with long hospital stays and being a regional hospital, we need to offer that."
The Visitors and Tourism bureau says four more hotels are under construction in Dothan to accommodate the growing number of visitors to our area.
If you would like to download the mural walking tour you can visit the Dothan Convention and Visitors Bureau website at www.dothanalcvb.com. The tour should be available by the end of this week.