MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Department of Tourism honored those who have worked to bring people from around the world to the state Monday night.
Hundreds attended the Tourism Department Awards Banquet at the Renaissance Hotel. WSFA's Tonya Terry was there as well, handing out awards to 16 people and groups.
Leaders announced a record year of tourism, with the state bringing in more than $14 billion.
"The numbers for this year are up seven to eight percent. And that's very difficult to do when you've got an industry as wide as our state," said Tourism Department Director Lee Sentell. "But that's what's happened. Everything from the space and rocket center down to the beach over to Dothan, it's really been a very strong summer."
Dr. David Bronner, CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama, was among the award recipients, receiving the Alabama Tourism Leadership Award. Bronner landed the development of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, bringing in people from across the country to play.