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Wiregrass Tourism Increase

By: Erika Kurre Email
By: Erika Kurre Email

In January and February alone, tourism in the Wiregrass increased by five percent compared to last year and that's only half of it.

"We don't have all the March numbers, but so far, March is shaping up to be up another 10% and this is on record years, in the past five or six years. So tourism and travel in the Wiregrass is doing great," says Bob Hendrix of Wiregrass Convention & Visitor's Bureau.

The reason for this increase could be due to the variety of interests the Wiregrass has to offer. Between shopping, medical facilities, restaurants, sporting events; area hotels are constantly full as well.

Jim Glover said, "It's a great town. I enjoy coming here. I'm from Alabama originally, but I'm from the northern section which is different. But the people here are pretty much the same as North Alabama. Everyone's friendly and got great places to eat."

The more businesses, restaurants and sporting events that are held in this area, the more people will come to visit, and vice versa.

And for those of us who live here, this is providing quite a benefit.

More people passing through makes the area more attractive to businesses and sporting events.

It also contributes to lodging and sales tax, which helps maintain and build area parks and recreation facilities.

There are two major projects in Dothan right now, which are expecting to attract even more visitors to the area.

Soon to come is a Miracle Field at Westgate, with two new Dixie Youth Fields on either side of it.

The Wiregrass plans to keep adding to its sports facilities as well.

Dothan agencies are constantly trying to attract new events, hoping to become the amateur sports capitol of Alabama.


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