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The Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau is an economic enhancement tool for the communities of Auburn, Opelika and Lee County. We promote and develop our area through the travel and tourism industry and introduce the unique spirit of Auburn-Opelika to visitors from around the world.

  • The AO Tourism Bureau distributes over 385,000 pieces of resource materials to area visitors each year. 
  • The AO Tourism Bureau spends over $422,000 in advertising and promotion for the Auburn-Opelika area each year.
  • Our website is visited by over 1600 unique individual users per day. 
  • Lee County enjoyed over $438 million in visitor spending for 2016 (representing a 12% increase over the previous year), resulting in 6,243 jobs; tourism is the area's second largest employer after Auburn University.
  • Dollars collected by the tourism industry  in 2016 saved individual households an average of $444 each in state and local taxes.
  • The population of Lee County has grown from 125,350 to 156,993in the last 10 years. This is a growth of 31,583 or 25 percent.

Below you will find various ways to reach the Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau. Please feel free to contact us for any of your Auburn/Opelika needs.

Tourism Bureau
714 East Glenn Ave
Auburn, AL 36830
  • John C. Wild

    John C. Wild

    phone: 334.887.8747

    John Wild has worked in the hospitality & tourism industry for 38 years, serving as President of the Tourism Bureau since May of 2003 while previously managing the Auburn University Hotel & Dixon Conference Center. John is actively involved in the community and serves on the boards of many local and industry organizations including the Auburn Rotary Club, United Way of Lee County and the Alabama Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus. Contact John for advertising opportunities and sporting tournament bids.

    John is an avid photographer and enjoys attending many of the local events and taking sports photos for the Auburn Villager. While a true Auburn fan, he has lived in several university towns and still responds to Go Green or Go Buffs! Hiking in the mountains or on trails in the West with his camera is a favorite hobby.


  • Robyn L. Bridges

    Robyn L. Bridges

    Vice President & PR Director
    phone: 334.887.8747

    Robyn Bridges has over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. She was employed with the Hotel at Auburn University before joining the tourism bureau in 2003. Robyn has been active on a variety of industry and civic boards and committees, including the Southeast Tourism Society, Alabama Hospitality Association, the Alabama Travel Council, the Public Relations Council of Alabama, the Southern Public Relations Federation, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County, and United Way. Robyn is passionate about the Auburn-Opelika community and sharing the culture of our destination to audiences around the country and beyond. Contact Robyn for news, story ideas, media kits, and all your leisure travel needs.


  • Cindy L. Pugh

    Cindy L. Pugh

    Sales Manager
    phone: 334.704.0114

    After 20 years in the travel industry Cindy joined the Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau in December 2005 . Her many years as a Corporate Travel Agent with Fair Winds Travel has provided her a wealth of experience in attending to the travel needs of groups and businesses. Cindy markets the Auburn-Opelika area to groups, conferences and sporting events around the nation. Cindy served on the Board of Directors for Opelika Mainstreet, is a member of The Piedmont Bird Trail Committee, and does volunteer work for the March of Dimes. Contact Cindy for all your meeting and group tour needs.


  • Catherine W. Bobo

    Catherine W. Bobo

    Communications Specialist
    Phone: 334.887.8747

    Cat Bobo graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Public Relations in 2015 and now serves as the Communications Specialist for the AOTB. Cat is currently a Diplomat for the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, on the Board of Directors of Leadership Lee County and on the committee for Auburn Young Professionals. Cat is a true Auburn local, having lived here her whole life. She enjoys writing and loves to edit even more. In her free time, Cat enjoys practicing yoga, camping, good food, traveling and attempting to mountain bike. Contact Cat for anything involving the calendar of events, press releases, visiting group guides, photography, social media or pizza.



  • Brooke Peace Harris

    Brooke Peace Harris

    Digital Marketing Manager
    Phone: 334.887.8747

    Brooke Peace Harris graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Communications. She has lived in Auburn for over 10 years. Her experience in public relations, marketing, and community involvement make her a great fit for the AOTB! Brooke is a member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama and serves on the board for the local East Alabama Chapter. She loves reading, yoga, running and her dogs. Contact Brooke for all things web, social, and marketing related!


  • Anthony Terling

    Anthony Terling

    Sports & Event Development Manager
    Phone: 334.391.2527

    Anthony Terling has over 9 years of experience in the sports industry. He graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery in 2009 with a undergraduate degree in sports management. He later went on to earn his masters in the same field. Before joining the AOTB, Terling served as vice president external affairs for the Alabama Sports Festival Foundation (ASF), a non-profit organization responsible for producing the Alabama State Games.  

    Anthony enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, watching any and all sports in person or on TV (hockey is the best!), attending Auburn University athletic events, and fishing. 


    • Adventures at Chewacla State Park with his wife and boys
    • Pork tinga and brisket tacos at Tacorita - can’t forget the freshly made chips and salsa
    • Any sporting event at the Auburn Arena!