Auburn-Opelika Tourism awarded tourism organization of the year


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AO Tourism

Auburn-Opelika Tourism was named Tourism Organization of the Year this week by the Alabama Department of Tourism. State Director of Tourism Lee Sentell presented the prestigious award to AO Tourism President John Wild on Thursday evening at the annual Governors’ Conference on Tourism.

Awards are presented annually at the conference recognizing the most successful contributions to Alabama’s tourism industry: a $ 13.4 billion industry in Alabama, supporting approximately 165,230 jobs in 2020.

Given the challenges of 2020, the Auburn-Opelika Tourisme team was particularly happy to be recognized for their efforts.

“In good times and bad, we continually strive to ensure that we are a shared value by the community in terms of resources, information, growth and development,” said Robyn Bridges, vice -President of Auburn-Opelika Tourism. “We will be the first to celebrate and promote the richness of our community in terms of tourism and hotel offerings, and we will be the first to embrace our neighbors in common struggles and challenges.”

Auburn-Opelika Tourism has been recognized for its dedication to the community during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic through social media campaigns, an in-restaurant meal exchange program, and partnerships with local businesses, including the John Emerald Distillery.

Before the pandemic, the amount spent by tourists in Auburn-Opelika had increased by double digits every year for a decade. Go to: to view the full 2020 Economic Impact Report for the ‘State of Alabama.

For more information on Auburn-Opelika Tourism, visit or contact Robyn Bridges at [email protected]

Auburn-Opelika Tourism is a non-profit service organization that positively impacts our local economy and improves the quality of life in our community through tourism and travel.

Aubrey L. Morgan