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Alabama wins Southeast tourism award

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Alabama tourism officials are becoming old hands at accepting the Southeast Tourism Society's award for the year's best campaign to attract visitors.

Gov. Bob Riley announced Friday that the society named Alabama's tourism department the best in the South for the third time in four years.

It was nominated for its "Year of Alabama Arts" campaign.

"When you consider that our tourism agency's budget ranks 11th among the 12 Southern states, this recognition is that much more impressive," Riley said in a statement.

The agency won for campaigns focusing on gardens in 2004 and food in 2005.

The Southeast Tourism Society is a nonprofit organization promoting tourism within its member states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

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