Beach-bound visitors help set tourism record in Alabama: report

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Spring breakers enjoy some good weather at Gulf Shores Public Beach on Monday, March 27, 2017. (Photos by Brian Kelly/[email protected]) ( )

For the sixth year in a row, Alabama in 2016 set records in annual tourism expenditures and the number of visitors coming to the state, AL.com reported. The boost was fueled by tourists – many from Louisiana – descending upon beaches in Baldwin County, whose 6.3 million visitors last year represented a 3.3 percent bounce from 2015.

More than 25.8 million people visited the state last year, up 2.5 percent over the 25.2 million people who came in 2015, the website reported. Travelers spent more than $13.3 billion, an increase of 5.4 percent over the 2015 figures. From 2003 to 2016, tourism expenditures in Alabama have increased 96 percent, according to the state’s tourism department.

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