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By: Ashley Edlund Email
By: Ashley Edlund Email

Janet Fairchild and Thomas Thomas are making a stop in Dothan.

Thompson said,” There’s a lot of stuff to do, we're thinking about going fishing here this week.”

But tourism isn't on the rise in the Circle City, even though it's a bargain for a hotel guest.

Dothan Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Bob Hendrix said, “With less demand the price comes down, so that's why our rates were recorded to be one of the top cities in the southeast to have affordable rates.”

Hendrix said, "We have right now an oversupply of hotel rooms, during the recession we had several hotels that were built so now it's all a matter of supply and demand and we have more supply than we have demand."

La Quinta manager Pam Garrett hopes upcoming events will spark a turn-around.

Garrett said, “I think throughout the summer we'll see an awful lot of teams you know softball and basketball.”

But Dothan hotel chains aren't just fighting the bad economy. They're also competing with hotels in enterprise and Ozark.

When we're all sharing an awful lot of the pie it hurts all of us

Officials hope Dothan’s nine percent sales tax and one percent lodging tax will help them get a bigger slice of the pie.

They hope they can use that money to help attract new events and tourists to the circle city.

Hendrix said, “This money we would normally not be using and a lot of people don't realize that lodging tax has built most of Westgate park and drives in all these ball tournaments and drives in new money to our city.”


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