AMLA Names North Alabama Elite Tourism Professionals for Limestone County
Decatur, Ala. (May 16, 2017) – Four individuals from Limestone County have been named a North Alabama Elite Tourism Professional, a program of the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA) where tourism employees demonstrating outstanding customer service and hospitality in the 16-county North Alabama region are recognized in celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week.
From Limestone County, Jim Kelley of Lawler’s Barbecue, Paul Cain and Sheriff Mike Blakely of the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office and Jerry Evans of Old Greenbrier Restaurant have each been named a North Alabama Elite Tourism Professional for their contributions to the tourism industry. Each recipient was presented with a balloon bouquet and a gift card from AMLA representatives.
May is National Tourism Month and National Travel and Tourism Week was celebrated from May 7-13. National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual tradition for the U.S. travel community, established by a congressional resolution in 1983 and first observed the following year. It is a time when travel and tourism professionals across the country unite to celebrate the unique value travel holds for our economy, businesses and personal well-being.
The theme of this year’s National Travel and Tourism Week, “Faces of Travel,” shined a spotlight on the people that make up America’s travel industry. Across North Alabama, travel employs a prosperous and diverse workforce, from airline and hotel employees to restaurant, attraction and retail workers, and supports related sectors such as construction, manufacturing and finance.
“This year’s theme for National Travel and Tourism Week, Faces of Travel, placed the spotlight on the people that go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to taking care of visitors and Jim Kelley, Paul Cain, Sheriff Mike Blakely and Jerry Evans all meet the criteria to be named a North Alabama Elite Tourism Professional,” said AMLA President and CEO Tami Reist. “The North Alabama Elite Tourism Professional recognition honors those individuals in the 16-county region of North Alabama who offer top notch service to visitors and is committed to the success of the tourism and travel industry.”
For more information on National Tourism Month or the impact of tourism and travel in North Alabama, contact Tami Reist 800.648.5381.