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Alabama beaches showing recovery in third consecutive tourism year

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Alabama's beaches are showing recovery, after the Gulf oil spill, with the third consecutive record tourism year.

Visitors to Alabama's beaches arrived in record numbers and left behind more money as they returned to their homes, after the 2013 season. The Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area closed the year with $343 million in lodging revenue and at $683 million in retail sales.

"These numbers show that more and more guests are choosing our beach destination and are spending more money as they enjoy all of the area's amenities," said Herb Malone, president and CEO of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism (GSOBT), the area's official destination marketing organization.

The numbers officially establishing the third consecutive record year for tourism, proving the industry's recovery, with a 5.9 percent and 6.5 percent increases.

"To see back-to-back-to-back record years is unprecedented, especially when you consider that the first record came immediately after the 2010 Gulf oil spill. We continued the upward trend with 2012 and now 2013 thanks to the synergistic effort of our local and state governments and tourism businesses, who all partnered diligently to welcome these guests with Southern hospitality."

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