- Associated Press - Saturday, August 4, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Kay Ivey will present tourism industry awards on Monday.

Alabama Tourism Director Lee Sentell said more than 250 industry professionals are expected to attend in Montgomery from Sunday through Tuesday.

Sixteen tourisms awards will be presented.

Honorees include Retirement Systems of Alabama CEO David Bronner and singer-songwriter Jason Isbell. Bronner led the development of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and related resort hotels. The Grammy-winning Isbell is an Alabama native.

William E. Barrick, the executive director of Bellingrath Gardens and Home, will be inducted into the Alabama Tourism Hall of Fame.

State officials are also expected to give updates on plans for the state’s bicentennial celebration and the opening of a new hotel and conference center at Gulf State Park.

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