Gulf Coast tourism rebounding

(WTVM) - The impact of the BP oil disaster two years ago on Gulf Coast tourism seems to be fading.

Alabama governor Robert Bentley said his state has recovered well.

Speaking at Alabama's annual conference on tourism, the governor said that 2011 showed such a rebound over 2010 that it was clear that people wanted to come back to the beaches.

"It's a tremendous economic impact," said Gov. Bentley. "You know, we have 160 thousand people that work in the tourism industry. It brings in $10 billion into our state. It is very significant. It also, our tourism, helps us recruit more jobs to Alabama, not just the jobs that work in tourism, but also just showcasing the state."

According to the Alabama Tourism Department, more than 22 million people visit Alabama every year. Tourism is the state's number one industry.

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