A group of journalists representing German publications toured several cities in Alabama on a tourism research trip last month.
In Alabama, the journalists visited tourism sites in Montgomery, Birmingham, Florence, Muscle Shoals, and Huntsville. They made stops at the Dexter Avenue King Parsonage, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, 16th Street Baptist Church, W.C. Handy Home & Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House, FAME Studios, 2614 Jackson Highway Studio and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. The group also took a historic tour of downtown Montgomery, visited Kelley Ingram Park during the week the statue honoring the four little girls killed in the 1963 church bombing was erected, was entertained at a music and light show at Spring Park in Tuscumbia and enjoyed an evening walk in Big Spring Park and downtown Huntsville.
Special audio recording interviews were held at Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville.
The journalist were on the first ever FAM trip from the German office of Brand USA, billed as “Taste it – Southern Cuisine & Whiskey” which meant the group was also treated to some of Alabama’s best food. The group dined at Central in Montgomery, Chez Fonfon in Birmingham, Swamper’s Bar and Grill in Florence, Champy’s Famous Fried Chicken in Muscle Shoals and The Bottle in Huntsville. The group stayed at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel, Marriott Shoals Hotel and the downtown Holiday Inn Huntsville.
Alabama’s live music was on display during the trip as the journalist past by musicians playing at The Alley and outside bar at the Renaissance in Montgomery, live music at Swampers in Florence, bluesman during lunch at Champey’s in Muscle Shoals, several street performers in Huntsville’s Arts & Entertainment District weekly event as well as a music duo at Humphrey’s in Huntsville.
To see the Brand USA German Facebook postings made during the trip, go to https://www.facebook.com/EntdeckeAmerika and scroll down to dates September 18-21. From Alabama, the group went to Tennessee and Kentucky before returning.
On the tour was Holger Vonhof of the Frankfurter Neue Presse, a daily local newspaper with circulation of 231,000; Dirk Hautkapp, of WAZ, a daily regional newspaper with circulation of 770,500; Michael Soltys of Sudwest Presse, a daily regional newspaper with circulation of 300,000; Phillipp Obergabner of Stuttingarter Zeitung, a daily local newspaper with circulation of 197,000; Julian Earwaker of the English language German Magazine Spotlight with a circulation of 69,000. Also on the trip was Brittan Latendorf from the German office of Brand USA and Grey Brennan of the Alabama Tourism Department.
The tour was made possible with the help of each of the attractions, hotels, restaurants and DMOs of the sites visited. For more information on Alabama Tourism Department’s international tourism efforts, contact firstname.lastname@example.org