Alabama tourism http://apr.org en New Signs To Say 'Welcome To Sweet Home Alabama' http://apr.org/post/new-signs-say-welcome-sweet-home-alabama <p></p><p>Tourists traveling into Alabama on interstate highways will soon be greeted by signs saying "Welcome to Sweet Home Alabama."</p><p>State tourism and transportation officials say the "Alabama The Beautiful" signs that have stood at the state line since 2003 will be replaced by the new "Sweet Home Alabama" signs over the next few months. Smaller versions of the signs will be on the grounds of the eight state welcome centers to serve as backdrops for travelers' photos.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:44:21 +0000 The Associated Press 56040 at http://apr.org New Signs To Say 'Welcome To Sweet Home Alabama' Shoals Area Sees Bump in Annual Tourism http://apr.org/post/shoals-area-sees-bump-annual-tourism <p>State tourism officials say lodging revenue in Colbert and Lauderdale counties in 2012 was $1.1 million - up by about $30,000 from 2011.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The TimesDaily of Florence reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/16v0eBO ) that state tourism officials said the increase in lodging revenue was part of a nearly $303 million impact tourists had on the shoals area of northern Alabama last year.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The total includes money spent on hotels, restaurants, entertainment, retail shopping, admissions to attractions and tourist events.<br> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:17:18 +0000 The Associated Press 32507 at http://apr.org Shoals Area Sees Bump in Annual Tourism