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President's Message

Dear Tourism Friend,

Welcome to the web site for the Decatur-Morgan County Hospitality Association! I am honored to lead a group of prestigious individuals who are devoted to serving our community. Leading the way for continuous tourism development, the Hospitality Association understands that teamwork with a common goal can accomplish much more than working alone.

In 2001, the Hospitality Association voted to self-impose a $1.50 room occupancy tax of which the proceeds would be used for tourism product development. This amount increased to $2.00 in 2007. As of December, 2012, the amount collected from this tax exceeded $4.5 million. The Hospitality Association is extremely proud of the positive impact of Ingalls Harbor, Hospitality Park, and the Press Box at Jack Allen. These three venues were the result of collaboration of the Decatur-Morgan County Hospitality Association and Decatur Parks and Recreation.

I would like to personally invite all tourism professionals – whether directly or indirectly linked to tourism – to be a part of a dynamic group of individuals who contribute to the growth of Decatur and Morgan County. Building business relationships, sharing in educational opportunities, and developing leadership skills are just a few of the benefits for being a member of the Hospitality Association.

As the tourism industry evolves, one thing remains constant. This industry would not survive without the hard work and dedication from those individuals serving the public. From hotels and motels to gas stations and fast food restaurants, so many individuals have an impact on this industry.

If you would like to visit one of our monthly meetings as my guest to see how you and your business would benefit from joining the Hospitality Association, please give me a call at 256-445-3158.

Sincerely,

Kelly Graham, President
Decatur-Morgan County Hospitality Association