Dothan Tourism Numbers Up From Last Year

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

Last year, Dothan saw a drop in their tourism numbers.

“Last year we were actually down 4 percent because of the economy.” Visitor and Convention Bureau executive director Bob Hendrix said.

But Hendrix says this year has started off smoothly.

“This year we are already back up 4 percent. So things are picking back up and one of the main reasons is the economy is picking back up. “Hendrix said.

At one point gas hit 2 dollars and 98 cents, which Hendrix says may have helped travelers.

“We seem to be one of the cheapest places around for gas especially compared to Florida so yes it did help what we call the transit vacation type traveler.” Hendrix said.

During the week, hotels in Dothan have been full with businessmen and women, along with people traveling to Dothan’s medical centers.
But one of the biggest money makers for the city is sports.

“Dothan's main draw for tourism is amateur sports and professional sports in a way with the Dothan pro-classic and tennis.” Assistant Director of Dothan Leisure Services Kim Meeker said.

“During the weekends we use our sports events to fill up our hotels such as base ball soft ball basketball tennis tournaments.” Hendrix said.

These big sports events let people to spend money in the city's hotels, restaurants and shops, and that expendable income is good for sales tax
And officials say there's more good news.
A few more big sporting events will be coming to Dothan that will help these tourism numbers even more.
Just around the corner Dothan will hold the annual state mixed doubles championship.
This event will bring in more than 700 players, and that's not counting the people the players bring with them.

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