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Travel & tourism dollars coming into Madison County

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Huntsville and Madison County are some of the most visited places in Alabama. Huntsville and Madison County are some of the most visited places in Alabama.
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."

Ryals 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 industry.

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