NEW: 2 Birmingham women inducted into the Alabama Tourism Hall of Fame—here’s why

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Tynette Lynch’s achievements earned her a spot in the Alabama Tourism Hall of Fame. (Bham Now)

In 1998, the very first inductees into the Alabama Tourism Hall of Fame were honored, and 25 years later, the list is still growing. This year, two Birmingham women were inducted for their achievements, which have no doubt contributed to Alabama’s booming tourism industry. Let’s meet them.

Meet Tynette Lynch of Aldridge Gardens

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Aldridge Gardens is a gem in Hoover, and Tynette Lynch played a huge role here. (Bham Now)

Following her retirement in May 2023, Tynette Lynch is still making an impact on the tourism industry in Alabama. But let’s back up.

In her 30+ year career, Lynch has served in several positions in the hospitality industry, two of which are especially impressive:

  • CEO of Aldridge Gardens for over 10 years
  • Director of Hospitality + Tourism for the City of Hoover for over 4 years

In addition, Lynch is the past chair of the Alabama Travel Council and served on the Alabama Tourism Department Advisory Board.

These days, Lynch is spending more time with family, but she’s also continuing her work in the tourism industry through consulting and contract work. She is the President of Hospitality Business Solutions, where she helps new hotels, golf clubs and more tourist destinations be successful.

Meet Darlene Negrotto of Vulcan Park + Museum

Darlene Negrotto, Vulcan Park & Museum's CEO, announced the Fourth of July fireworks celebration. Photo by Libby Foster for Bham Now.
Darlene Negrotto was CEO of Vulcan Park & Museum for 19 years. (Libby Foster / Bham Now)

When you think of Birmingham, you probably think of Vulcan. And when you think of Vulcan, you should think of Darlene Negrotto.

Hailing from New Orleans, Darlene Negrotto is very familiar with incredible tourist destinations. Inspired by her native city, she launched a successful career in the hospitality and tourism industry, holding management positions at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, NorthRiver Yacht Club and more.

Later, Negrotto became the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Business Center of Alabama, Inc. Relocating to Birmingham, she operated The Harbert Center.

But the most distinct role she’s played in Birmingham has been CEO of Vulcan Park + Museum. After serving in the position for over 19 years, Negrotto retired in 2023, but is still playing a big role here in Birmingham.

Currently, Negrotto is involved in multiple community organizations, including:

  • Board of Directors of the Homewood Chamber of Commerce
  • The Women’s Network
  • Kiwanis Club of Birmingham
  • Women’s Forum
  • Central Alabama Hospitality Attractions and Business Associations

Congratulations to both of these women who have made big impacts on two Birmingham landmarks—and the Alabama tourism industry as a whole.

BONUS: Meet all the award winners from the Alabama Governor’s Conference on Tourism 2023.

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Sarah Gronberg
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