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05/01/2013 – DECATUR, AL – North Alabama Celebrates Tourism Week with Free Ice Cream

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Decatur, Ala. – In conjunction with National Tourism and Travel Week next month, visitors to the three north Alabama Welcome and Rest Centers will be greeted with free ice cream. Tourism is a $10.5 billion industry in the State of Alabama and members of the North Alabama tourism community celebrate one of the state’s top industries by giving away free cups of ice cream.

“The ice cream promotion is a way for us to meet with travelers and to show our appreciation to them for getting out and visiting the State of Alabama,” said Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association President and CEO Tami Reist. Tourism and travel play a significant role in communities across North Alabama by generating tax revenue when travelers make purchases at local restaurants, retailers, and convenience stores and by overnighting in hotels and motels, campgrounds, and bed and breakfast establishments.”

Members of the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association will be greeting and serving Blue Bell ice cream to visitors at the three North Alabama Welcome/Rest Centers. Tourism members will be at the I-59 DeKalb Welcome Center in Valley Head Friday, May 3, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and the I-65 Welcome Center in Ardmore and the Cullman Rest Area on I-65 on Friday, May 10, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. serving ice cream cones to travelers who stop at the Welcome/Rest Center. According to Reist, up to 2,400 cups of vanilla ice cream will be distributed at the three areas.

The first full week of May is annually recognized as National Travel and Tourism week, a tradition first celebrated in 1984, according to the U.S. Travel Association. It was established as National Tourism week when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1932 designating the week to be celebrated in May. Localized events, such as free ice cream, are presented in cities, states, and travel businesses nationwide to champion the power of travel.

For more information on the ice cream promotion or the tourism and travel industry, call Reist at 256.350.3500.

About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)
AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals. Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available from the AMLA by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting their web site at http://www.northalabama.org.

CONTACT: Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association
PHONE: 256.350.3500 / 800.648.5381
EMAIL: info@northalabama.org


Written by 49 County News.Net

May 1, 2013 at 7:51 AM

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