Friday, March 25, 2011

Decatur visitors bureau

by Paul Huggins
The Decatur Daily

The Decatur Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau conducted the following business at its monthly meeting Thursday:

■Reported the bureau received $39,822 in revenue in February and had $55,509 in expenses, for a net loss of $15,686. For fiscal 2011, expenses are $11,808 higher than revenue.
■Reported the city collected $46,654 in lodging taxes in December, which was 6 percent lower than the same month last year. For fiscal 2011, lodging taxes are up 11 percent compared to the same five-month period last year.
■Reported the $2-per-night room occupancy fee generated $28,843 in December, up $1,238 compared to the same month last year. The room occupancy rate that month was 35 percent.
■Reported special events filled 957 room nights in February for an economic impact of $485,598. The largest events were the UAHuntsville Charger Chillout softball tournament, which had 740 room nights (259 more than 2010’s event), and the Southern Collegiate Bass Tournament, which had 162 room nights.
■Announced the Alabama Department of Transportation approved three wayfinding signs for the Jack Allen Soccer Complex. Two will be on Modaus Road Southwest and one on Danville Road Southwest. ALDOT also approved a pedestrian kiosk for Delano Park that maps out Albany and Old Decatur historic districts.
■Announced that the second annual American Dream Tournament by Koto Kiriyama, will return to Ingalls Harbor the first weekend in December.

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