The Alabama tourism industry will have a rally at the steps of the State House in Montgomery on Tuesday, Feb.17 to voice their support for several bills before the legislature. “The Rally for Tourism” will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Union Street side of the State House Office and will include speeches by Huntsville Convention & Visitors Bureau Director Judy Ryals, and members of both the Alabama House and Senate. According to the latest Economic Impact Study by the Alabama Tourism Department, more than 22.4 million people visit the state each year, generating over $9.3 billion in expenditures within Alabama and helping to provide more than 169,000 jobs for Alabama families. “Tourism is a vital part of the economic health of Alabama and the rally is a means for us to express to the state’s elected officials our support for their initiative to strengthen the industry,” said Ryals. “In particular we want to express our support for a later school start date in Alabama, the Alabama Movie Bill (HB 69), and seven day sales,” she said. For additional information, please contact the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association at 800-648-5381 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.