Beach tourists return home satisfied

By Emily Luxen

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Alabama Gulf Coast officials report spring break week was a success and the state's beaches saw a boost in visitors and revenue.

Officials said they don't have official numbers on how many people visited, but said they were very happy with how the week went.

"As you know, spring break leads to summer business, and we are encouraged a good spring break should mean a good summer season for the Alabama Gulf Coast," said Mike Foster with the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Foster said the state's beaches are oil-free, the seafood is fresh, and they are open for business. He added people may still be hesitant to visit the Gulf Coast, but he is hoping they will change their minds and return this year.

"Everything you love about the Gulf Coast, whether that be beaches, accommodations, or water slides, it is all here, and it is waiting for you to come back," said Foster.

Spring breakers who just returned from the Gulf Coast has nothing but positive reviews. Cars from places like Florida, Tennessee, and Iowa filled rest stops on I-65.  They said the beaches were clean, the weather was great, and they had a great vacation.

"The beaches are as white as they have been in 20 years," said Chris Falkner.
"It was absolutely wonderful," said Carol Burnham. "Alabama is a great place and people need to go down and get on that beach."

Officials hope the crowds continue March 20-22 in Gulf Shores for the Hangout Music Festival.

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