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Tourism spending in the Deep South

February 17, 2014

A recent Natchez Democrat article entitled “State officials lobbying for more tourism funds,” by Lindsey Shelton, got my attention because a graphic at the beginning of the story listed tourism spending by several states. Wondering what the per capita spending might be for those states I took the numbers in the article and divided them by the 2010 population numbers. Here are the results:

Florida
Population 18,801,310
Tourism Spending $65 million
Tourism Spending per capita $3.48

Tennessee
Population 6,346,105
Tourism Spending $29 million
Tourism Spending per capita $4.57

Alabama
Population 4,779,736
Tourism Spending $18 million
Tourism Spending per capita $3.77

Mississippi
Population 2,967,297
Tourism Spending $6 million
Tourism Spending per capita $2.02

Why has Natchez changed mayors so often this decade?

That is the question the Natchez Democrat is asking its readers in an online poll.  The reason of course is that Natchez has had four mayors in this decade.  To see the latest poll results CLICK HERE.  Here are the results as of 11:30 a.m. on Monday, December 28, 2009:

Loss of industry 9 5% 9 votes
Mayor’s job performance 54 35% 54 votes
Lack of trust in leaders 60 39% 60 votes
Popularity/race 28 18% 28 votes
Other 2 1% 2 votes
153 total votes