Category Archives: Tourism

Thousands pack Alabama beaches on Memorial Day – FOX10 News | WALA

May 31, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - The roads and Interstates were busy Monday, May 30, 2016 as many travelers made their way home after a holiday weekend at area beaches.  But, there were still thousands of folks who hit the beach instead of the road on a gorgeous Memorial Day.

via Thousands pack Alabama beaches on Memorial Day – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Memorial Day Fun In Gulf Shores!

May 31, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL- Official tourism numbers won’t be calculated and released until next month, but beach leaders expect possible record, Memorial Day crowds.

Tens of thousands of vacationers enjoyed the holiday weekend in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Families enjoyed nice weather at both the beach and at Gulf State Park where they swam, grilled-out, kayaked and went boating.

via Memorial Day Fun In Gulf Shores!.

Leave Only Footprints effort faring well early in the holiday weekend – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 28, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL – The Leave Only Footprints beach initiative is facing what officials believe will be the first real test of the system.Under new rules visitors can no longer set up camp and leave belongings on beach overnight for use the next day or for the week-long stay.

via Leave Only Footprints effort faring well early in the holiday weekend – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

ALDOT ready for jam-packed roads this Memorial Day weekend – FOX10 News | WALA

May 28, 2016

With thousands heading to the beach for Memorial Day weekend, that means a traffic headache on the Gulf Coast. The Alabama Department of Transportation says Friday is one of the busiest traffic days of the year.

Inside the ALDOT traffic control room are more than 100 cameras, monitoring the major highways in Mobile. With so many cars on the road this weekend, ALDOT officials are keeping a closer eye out for any problems.

via ALDOT ready for jam-packed roads this Memorial Day weekend – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Beaches busting at the seams | WPMI

May 27, 2016

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Local beach communities are bracing for a busy weekend as thousands have started heading to the Gulf tonight. Every holiday weekend the estimated influx of people is estimated at over 100,000.

Hotel and condo bookings are at 90 to 100 percent. Beach communities are bracing for a record summer season.

via Beaches busting at the seams | WPMI.

Boating this Memorial Day? Here are a few tips for a safe weekend | AL.com

May 26, 2016

Boat traffic on Alabama’s waterways is expected to increase more than 200 percent this Memorial Day weekend.

That’s according to State Trooper Steven MacLeroy of the Marine Patrol Division of Alabama Law Enforcement. He’ll be out on the water patrolling along with other officers.

via Boating this Memorial Day? Here are a few tips for a safe weekend | AL.com.

Operation Dry Water: What you need to know before boating Memori – FOX10 News | WALA

May 24, 2016

It’s National Safe Boating Week and ALEA’S Marine Patrol Troopers will be in full force this Memorial Day Weekend.

They say many people will be taking their boats out of storage and putting them in the water for the first time this year. However, if you don’t check all your safety gear before you go out, you could get pulled over.

via Operation Dry Water: What you need to know before boating Memori – FOX10 News | WALA.

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New Beach Marketing Campaign Targets Wealthy Tourists

May 24, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL- Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are Alabama’s top tourist destinations.

Some of those tourists, particularly wealthy business owners, CEO’s and corporate executives, will use their own planes or corporate owned jets to get to the beach.

At a press conference Monday, the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance rolled out an innovative, marketing campaign aimed at white-collar tourists. The campaign is called “Business Where You Beach.”

via New Beach Marketing Campaign Targets Wealthy Tourists.

‘Duck Dynasty’ star will appear at 2016 Alabama Seafood Cook-Off | AL.com

May 17, 2016

The matriarch of TV’s “Duck Dynasty” clan, Kay Robertson, will be one of the celebrity judges at the 2nd annual Alabama Seafood Cook-Off on May 25 in Orange Beach, organizers announced today.

Robertson — best known as “Miss Kay” to loyal viewers of the A&E reality show — is the wife of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson and mother of current Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson.

via ‘Duck Dynasty’ star will appear at 2016 Alabama Seafood Cook-Off | AL.com.

I-10 project listed as one of ‘five emergencies’ by national website | AL.com

May 17, 2016

affic jams at the Wallace Tunnel on Interstate 10 are no big secret to coastal Alabama motorists, and a proposed $850 million new bridge has been bantered about for years in South Alabama.

But the traffic concerns, and the proposed project aimed at fixing them, is now getting some national attention thanks to an article on The Hill which listed the I-10 Bridge as one of five transportation projects in the country that “experts believe are in dire need of repair.”

via I-10 project listed as one of ‘five emergencies’ by national website | AL.com.

Tourism tradeoff: Gulf Coast visitation up in March except in Panama City, Panama City Beach – News – Panama City News Herald – Panama City, FL

May 15, 2016

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Spring Break crowds substituted Panama City Beach for other coastal cities this year, helping to push visitation numbers up in virtually every destination on the Gulf Coast.

“There was definitely an increase in the presence of college spring breakers,” said Kay Magahan, public relations manager for Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism in Alabama. “We have always been more heavily a family Spring Break destination.”

via Tourism tradeoff: Gulf Coast visitation up in March except in Panama City, Panama City Beach – News – Panama City News Herald – Panama City, FL.

Beach mayors making progress happen | WPMI

May 14, 2016

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — The mayors of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores both gave their state of the city addresses and local business leaders were listening. Transportation, education and healthcare were all major issues.

Talk of a new hospital along the Beach Express and a new approach to building a two lane span adjacent to the current

Toll Bridge near the Wharf have a promising outlook.

via Beach mayors making progress happen | WPMI.

Island tourism continues to set record numbers – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 14, 2016

GULF SHORES – On May 10, more than 200 attendees at Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism’s (CVB) 2016 Tourism Summit learned that positive change and growth are in the wind.

In 2015, Baldwin County served 6.1 million guests leaving behind $3.9 billion in travel-related expenditures, supporting 48,243 travel-related jobs and $1.3 billion in wages and salaries.

via Island tourism continues to set record numbers – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Miss Sunny celebrates 50th anniversary promoting tourism in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 03, 2016

Miss Sunny turns 50 in Gulf Shores

GULF SHORES, AL – On Monday, April 25 Mayor Robert Craft proclaimed the first Saturday in June and the same annually hereafter to be “A Sunny Day” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Miss Sunny and her impact on tourism in Alabama.

via Miss Sunny celebrates 50th anniversary promoting tourism in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Alabama rebuilding famed Gulf State Park lodge

April 10, 2016

Not long after midnight on Sept. 16, 2004, Hurricane Ivan made landfall on the U.S. mainland in Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a category 3 hurricane with 120-mph winds. The massive storm killed 25 people in the U.S. and caused $13 billion in damages.

One of Gulf Shores’ most iconic structures — the Gulf State Park Lodge — was among the hundreds of buildings and homes destroyed. The landscape, including miles of the beach’s famed white sandy dunes, was rearranged, with sand blown miles inland.

A popular Mid-South recreational destination was rocked with devastation.

Now, thanks to the Gulf State Park Enhancement Project, not only is the lodge being rebuilt, but the dunes will be restored, along with three other project components — an environmental information center, learning campus and enhancement of the 6,150-acre park’s visitor experience.

via Alabama rebuilding famed Gulf State Park lodge.

Fishing frustration: Red snapper season could be an all-time low | AL.com

April 07, 2016

Alabama anglers could be faced with the most restrictive red snapper quota ever in the Gulf of Mexico, possibly just six days, U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne said Wednesday.

Byrne, R-Fairhope, is a frequent critic of the federal government’s handling of regulations for the annual snapper season for commercial and recreational fishing. Deep-sea fishing is a multimillion-dollar tourism draw in Alabama, and the coastal region touts itself as the top snapper spot in the world.

via Fishing frustration: Red snapper season could be an all-time low | AL.com.

No alcohol ban for Dauphin Island as town unveils a revitalized East End Beach | AL.com

March 28, 2016

An alcohol ban in Gulf Shores during the month of Spring Break isn’t going to extend to Dauphin Island, where officials are touting the completion of a project restoring one of its public beaches.

Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier, on Monday, said while the Town Council is “mindful” about Gulf Shores’ ban, he’s not anticipating similar action in this Mobile County beach community of less than 1,300 people.

“We’re mindful of those types of things,” Collier said. “We really deal with more moms and dads and kids. That’s our market and it’s a good market to have.”

via No alcohol ban for Dauphin Island as town unveils a revitalized East End Beach | AL.com.

Red Snapper Fishing, Conservation Red Snapper Gulf | Sport Fishing Magazine

March 16, 2016

A colleague sent me an email recently that’s typical of many I’ve received in recent years. He had just been copied on a cruise report from a research group working off the Texas coast. Their vertical longline had just landed 112 fish, of which 109 were red snapper and three were vermilion snapper.

via Red Snapper Fishing, Conservation Red Snapper Gulf | Sport Fishing Magazine.

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