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Tourism in Newton county - yes it matters !

27 Apr 2013 3:02 PM | Anonymous

4/27/13 Travel and Tourism Week May 4-12


May 4-12 will be observed as Travel and Tourism Week in Jasper and Newton County by order of a proclamation signed by Jasper Mayor Shane Kilgore and Newton County Judge Warren Campbell.

The proclamations were presented to the elected officials for signatures last week by Newton County Chamber of Commerce President Nancy Atkinson and Vice President/Tourism Director Donnie Crain.

The Proclamation states:

Travel matters to the nation’s economic prosperity and its image abroad.

For business and other interests, travel to and within the United States generated $1.9 trillion in economic output in 2011, with $813 billion spent directly by travelers that spurred an additional $1.1 trillion in other industries.

Travel is among the largest private-sector employers in the United States, supporting 14.4 million jobs in 2011. Of those jobs, 7.5 million were in the travel industry and 6.9 million in other industries.

Travelers spending generated $124 billion in tax revenues for federal, state and local governments.

In Newton County, travelers’ expenditures in 2012 amounted to $11.9 million. The industry employed 138 residents and generated over $1 million in state and local taxes.

The officials agreed that travel is a catalyst that moves the Newton County economy forward and contributes greatly to the excellent quality of life enjoyed by the county’s residents.


  • 28 Apr 2013 5:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    It would be good if someone(s) would write a letter to the NCT congratulating the county and city for recognizing the importance of tourism to our local economy AND pointing out the negative impacts of the hog factory on this important source of revenue.
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