Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tourism industry grows by 11 percent

By The Decatur Daily
A lingering recession has not dampened the tourism industry for Decatur and Morgan County. The city collected $704,000 in lodging taxes from October 2010 to September 2011, showing an increase of 11 percent from the previous year.
According to Decatur/Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau president Tami Reist, the third and fourth quarters of 2010 brought many festivals, sporting events and fishing tournaments to the River City, generating overnight visits and contributing significantly to the 11 percent increase. The April 27 tornado outbreak also played a role when those displaced from their homes utilized accommodations in Morgan County.
In order to meet the needs of the storm victims, two state soccer tournaments were canceled, thereby creating available lodging for those needing shelter.

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