No family vacations, no business: Lack of tourism affecting Dothan businesses

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The lack of tourism in the City of Dothan has decreased their revenue and taken a toll on many businesses.

“In the area of lodging tax, it’s way down cause of the lack of usually sports, tourism that is attracted to our area is down as well as just traveling through,” Mayor Mark Saliba said.

The City of Dothan is a place where many visit while headed to the beach, but since the pandemic hit, this isn’t happening.

It has caused people to cancel family vacations, cruises, and beach trips. It has been tough on many businesses.

“(With) COVID-19, there’s not a lot of people traveling a lot at this point in time so we haven’t been able to see our normal customers that come in with us every single year during their family vacation so they have to not see us this year,” said Brittney Robinett, General Manager of The Blue Plate.

According to city officials, their tourism revenue is lower than it’s ever been.

Saliba said the city has been working diligently to find ways to be as flexible as possible during the pandemic. He hoped this will attract people to the city.

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