Alabama NewsCenter — Report: Tourists spent estimated $2.2 billion in Alabama’s Jefferson County last year

| May 11, 2022 @ 2:00 pm

By Barnett Wright
The Birmingham Times

Visitors spent an estimated $2.2 billion in Jefferson County in 2021, a 45% increase over the previous year’s spending total, according to a study commissioned by the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB).

The numbers show that the local tourism industry is making a healthy return, said CVB and county officials.

“It is encouraging to see travel regaining strength after the crushing blow it took in 2020 when the pandemic shut down entire segments of the industry,” said J. John Oros Jr., CVB president and CEO. “It was a dark period for so many who depend on tourism for their livelihoods. This rebound is great news not only for employment but also for what travel and tourism contribute to the economy of the county.”

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