MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Travelers spent $777 million and were responsible for 11,981 jobs last year in Montgomery County, according to a report conducted for the Alabama Tourism Department. The numbers represent a 7.5 percent increase in spending by travelers on hotels, restaurants, shopping and transportation.
Estimates show that the tourism industry grew by 7.7 percent statewide with more than 25 million visitors spending $12.6 billion last, year according to a report that was published by Auburn University at Montgomery.
"The tourism numbers for 2015 bring great economic news for Alabama," said State Tourism Director Lee Sentell. "The dollars spent on tourism creates jobs, it grows local economies and generates needed tax revenues. Travel spending in Alabama has increased by 86 percent over the previous 13 years."
Without the dollars collected by the tourism industry, each household in the state would end up paying $424 in additional taxes, according to a report developed by economist Dr. Keivan Deravi.
The top five counties with the largest travel-related expenditures in Alabama are:
- Baldwin County with $3.9 billion in travel-related spending
- Jefferson County with $1.8 billion
- Madison County with $1.1 billion
- Mobile County $1 billion
- Montgomery County with $777 million
The complete state tourism economic impact report will be available in early May.