Gulf Islands National Seashore’s many miles of undeveloped beaches provide a big economic benefit to the region, according to a new study from the National Park Service.
The study, conducted by the park service and an economist for the U.S. Geological Survey, found that the 4.8 million people who visited the park in 2016 spent more than $206 million in surrounding communities and provided an estimated $251.8 million in economic benefit to the region.
Orange Beach is Alabama’s coastal community juxtaposing the Gulf of Mexico. A bustling destination for spring breakers and summer vacationers, this family beach retreat is also perfect in the more affordable shoulder season (the spring and bookends to summer). Known for blue-green waters that rush upon soft, white-sand beaches, Orange Beach presents a myriad of accommodations, an amazing culinary scene, adventure and water recreation.
From breathtaking sunsets over the gulf’s white-sand beaches to the sweeping views from Cheaha Mountain, Alabama’s landscape is like no other. The beaches, forests, lakes, and rivers in our 21 state parks are teeming with flora and fauna. The Mobile River System is America’s Amazon. Our golf courses aren’t too bad either. So what specially does the Alabama the Beautiful motto refer to? I’ll be trekking across Alabama to find out.
OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. WEAR — Okaloosa County commissioners may soon do away with a program which spends more than $18 million every year. But commissioners still have a lot of questions before they cast their vote.
County commissioners will meet Wednesday to discuss, but not vote on, scrapping the county-run tourism department in favor of a public-private partnership with local chambers of commerce and business owners.
FOLEY, Ala. (WPMI) — Spring is here and the Summer crowds are sure to follow along the Gulf Coast.
Many will come to experience the OWA amusement park under construction in Foley right now. For some retailers the park is causing a stir when it comes to seasonal hiring in the area.
Will there be enough employees to fill all the summer jobs? It’s not clear what OWA will be offering per hour above the minimum wage, but companies along Highway 59 in Foley and in Gulf Shores are already offering $11.50 per hour… so the “race is on” to get these employees.
Past all the entree’s, salads and desserts at Wolf Bay Lodge, there’s a problem. “We need so much more help.” Charlene Haber owns the restaurant that her parents started so many years ago. “Baldwin County is a year-round–we’re making it a year round attraction–and we need year round help; not seasonal anymore.”
An ever increasing demand for employees remains one of her biggest challenges.
Now a new computer program geared at connecting high school students in Baldwin County with potential employers may answer that challenge.
Who said the booze ban is keeping spring breakers off Alabama’s beaches? It’s Mother Nature that has been the party-pooper thus far.
“I don’t think we’re going out,” Sam Moeller, 22, a senior at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., said Monday while visiting coastal Alabama for the first time during a week-long spring break with friends. “It’s a little cold out here.”
You’ve been to Malibu, South Beach, and the Hamptons; to Cannon Beach, the Outer Banks, and the Jersey Shore, and you think you know a thing or two about beaches in this great country, right? Think again, amigo.
If you’ve never traveled the approximately 100 miles of glorious American coastline between Alabama and Florida known variously as the “Emerald Coast” and, more colloquially, the “Redneck Riviera,” then brother (or sister), you are in serious need of some beach schoolin’. There’s not a place like it in the damned world, and you’d be a fool to miss out on her myriad (often bizarre) pleasures, sights, sounds, and food. Here’s what makes the Florida Panhandle and LA (Lower Alabama) so spectacular.
The high tourist season is just around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about lodging. There are thousands of condominium units and hundreds of beach homes to rent. If you’re looking for a luxury beach home for that wedding party, family reunion or multiple family vacation, here’s 20 luxury beach houses for rent in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach and a few just over the Alabama line in Perdido Key, Fla.
Thousands of people enjoy Alabama’s white sandy beaches every year, and Gulf Shores leaders want to keep it that way. After the success of the “Leave Only Footprints” ordinance which started earlier this year, city leaders say they want to take the ordinance into a second phase by removing rental lounge chairs from the beach.
GULF SHORES, AL – Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism (GSOBT) announced another strong year for tourism, the return of several national sporting events and the success of the Leave Only Footprints initiative during the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber’s First Friday Forum at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores.
Locals and beach guests are encouraged to fill the stands for the 10-team SEC Women’s Soccer Championship Oct. 31 to Nov. 6, 2016 at the Orange Beach Sportsplex (4389 William Silvers Parkway) featuring the No. 2 team in the nation – the University of South Carolina. This long-standing Orange Beach tradition will air live on the SEC Network and ESPNU.
Alabama’s most visible public beachfront serves as an “iconic” stretch for the city of Gulf Shores. But the hub for shopping, dining, festivals, sightseeing and sand can be difficult to navigate for pedestrians and cyclists.
A half mile of beach front is the welcome mat to Gulf Shores. Could it get any better? The city of Gulf Shores thinks so and animation reveals their vision of the new look that replaces asphalt and concrete with boardwalks, green space, walking paths, shade structures, landscaping and a beach safety building.
ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - Trip Advisor is putting one of our very own cities in the national spotlight. The travel giant is naming Orange Beach as the second best travel destination on the rise for 2016
Orange beach is already a popular travel destination. As we’ve reported, it has had record high tourism numbers in the last few years, and now this announcement is expected to put it even more on the national map.