Calhoun County hosts a summit to bring about a partnership between 9 counties that include Calhoun, Cleburne, Cherokee, Clay, Chambers, Coosa, Randolph, Talladega and Tallapoosa. The Calhoun County Tourism Department held an Eat, Play & Stay Tourism Summit at the Oxford Performing Arts Center, today. The summit was all about breaking down the county lines and showcasing the impact of tourism. According to Bill Hardman, Southeast Tourism Society President and C-E-O, when tourists come to visit Calhoun County they’re about touring more than just our region; they are looking for a great experience in all areas of Alabama. Mary Patchunka-Smith, Calhoun County Travel and Tourism Director, says attractions, hotel owners, restaurants, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies all encompass the experience that a tourist encounters. She says that all of these organizations will benefit from the summit’s wealth of networking knowledge. Tourism summit attendees say the economy will benefit from a boost in tourism income. And they hope people will spread the word so other people will see the potential in our region. The tourism summit was attended by more than 100 people.