May 21, 2019
Cover of the 2018 Tourism Economic Impact Report for State of Alabama

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Monday [May 20, 2019] announced at a press conference that one million more people visited Alabama in 2018 than ever before and spent $15.5 billion, which was $1.2 billion higher than the previous year, according to the state’s annual economic impact report produced by Montgomery economist Dr. Keivan Deravi for the Alabama Tourism Department.


May 20, 2019
Group of kayaks are shown paddling on Wolf Bay during a Full Moon Paddle fundraiser

The City of Orange Beach - Relay for Life Team is gearing up for its fifth summer of fun on the water with the popular Full Moon Paddles.  The paddles have become the number one fundraising effort for the Orange Beach Team.

The events are held at the Wind & Water Learning Center at 26267 Canal...

May 17, 2019
Graduating Firefighter I-II Recruit School Class 19-01 standing on stage with chiefs after graduating

“Ladies and gentlemen, your 13 newest firefighters in the State of Alabama.”

Orange Beach Fire Rescue Asst. Chief Kevin Lanford wrapped up the Firefighter I/II Recruit School Graduation Ceremony with those words on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at the Orange Beach Event Center.

The 13 graduates completed nine weeks of firefighter training at the Alabama Fire College Regional Training...

May 15, 2019
Orange Beach Elementary Principal Ryan Moss, second from left, holds the Attorney General's Alabama Safe Schools Initiative 2018 Award of Excellence with from left Baldwin County School Board member Norma Hoots Lynch, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, Baldwin County Schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler, and Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon.

In the Orange Beach Elementary School auditorium full of students, school faculty, Baldwin County school administrators, city officials, police and fire personnel on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall commended everyone in attendance for helping Orange Beach Elementary achieve the 2018 Alabama Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence.

Orange Beach...

May 14, 2019
The Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission won three prestigious honors at the 27th Annual NASC Symposium: Michelle Russ, director of sales for the Sports Commission, received the Game Changer Award; the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission was named Sports Tourism Organization of the Year (under 500,000 population); and Ashley Wilson, sales manager for the Sports Commission, received her Certified Sports Events Executive designation. Credit: Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission

GULF SHORES AND ORANGE BEACH, ALABAMA – On May 10, 2019, the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), now rebranded as the Sports Events & Tourism Association (Sports ETA), presented industry awards for outstanding individual and organization work at its 27th annual NASC Symposium in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission was well-represented...