Travelers spent $249 million in Lauderdale County last year

By  | May 21, 2019 | Filed under: News

MONTGOMERY-Travelers spent $249 million and were responsible for 2,927 jobs last year in Lauderdale County, according to a report conducted for the Alabama Tourism Department by Montgomery economist Dr. Keivan Deravi. That figure represents a 2.7% increase in traveler spending on hotels, restaurants, shopping and transportation.

The Alabama travel industry grew by more than $1 billion in 2018 to a record of $15.5 billion in expenditures, and increased jobs by 11,984 to some 198,890 employees, Gov. Kay Ivey announced today. She noted that the industry grew by 8.5% and attracted more than 1 million additional visitors to top 27 million guests for the first time.

 

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Dr. Keivan Deravi

The tourism industry generates millions of dollars for state and local government.  The hospitality industry was responsible for $681 million in state taxes and an additional $273 million in local revenue for a total of $954 million, an increase of 8.5% over the previous year, according to the study.  Some $76 million was generated in state lodgings taxes, of which 75% benefits the State General Fund.

 

Deravi says that without those taxes, each household in Alabama would have had to pay $507 in additional taxes to maintain current service levels.

Media Release/Brian Jones
Alabama Tourism Department

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