Governor Kay Ivey recently announced how tourism has positively affected the entire state. The Calhoun County Area Chamber and Visitor’s Center held an annual luncheon to announce how the economic impact of tourism has affected Calhoun County. Community leaders gathered at the Anniston Museum of Natural History to discuss what tourists think about Calhoun County, and ways to continue improving.
Last year, Calhoun County had an economic impact of more than $95 million because of tourism. More importantly, tourism is also responsible for more than 1,000 jobs created in the area. Brian Jones, with the Alabama Tourism Department, explains why he believes Calhoun County is one of the most unique areas in the state.
The chamber is currently working closely with a travel research group in Portland, Maine called the Digital Research Group. With help from this research group, the chamber will know about the different demographics of people who come to visit, how they feel about Calhoun County, what they’re doing, how much they’re spending, and more.