MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF)-
The numbers are in on the
economic front when it comes to travel and tourism dollars coming into Madison County.
Huntsville City officials and area hospitality
industry leaders said the number of visitors into the area decreased slightly
in 2012, but Huntsville and Madison County are still some of the most visited
cities in Alabama.
"We have an
economic impact of $1 billion dollars to this community and that is huge," said
Judy Ryals, Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau. "We're
bringing in new dollars to the community and that improves the quality of life
for everyone who lives here."
and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said they plan to increase the number of
visitors and conventions to the area by continuing to highlight Huntsville's role in space and research and
overall quality of life. More than 14,000 area jobs are tied to the hospitality