ECONOMIC BOOM EXPECTED FROM APRIL EVENTS

A month filled with events bringing tourism and economic growth is ahead for the Tuscaloosa community.

A-Day, the Alabama football team’s spring game, the Blue Angels’ air show, and the Druid City Arts Festival are just some of the events residents can look forward to this month.

“It’s great for the local economy. It keeps our hotels full, our restaurants full, people shop and spend their discretionary income,” said Jim Page, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. “It’s a great opportunity to add to the tax base in the Tuscaloosa area, but also showcase all the great things going on in this community.”

With events almost every weekend this month, the city is expecting an economic boom.

“We know that the economic impact will certainly be in the millions when it’s all said and done because each one of these events brings in a different group of people,” Page said. “People stay for multiple days, so there’s a lot of revenue produced with these events.”

Page said these next four weeks will not only be great for tourism, but also for the quality of life for Tuscaloosa residents.

The fun kicks off this weekend with both the Druid City Arts Festival and the NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional gymnastics meet on Saturday, April 7.

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