Nov. 2 - Georgia Tourism Reaches New Heights, Breaks Records

Category: Georgia Business News

by Sam Sachs, Brunswick Business Journal

November 2, 2017 – Several of the state’s top tourism professionals were recognized by Gov. Nathan Deal today at the 2017 Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference on Jekyll Island.

More than 400 tourism professionals from across the state of Georgia met at the annual event, hosted by the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and the Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (GACVB).

“The tourism industry is a vital economic engine for Georgia, as it generated a record-breaking $60.8 billion in economic impact and provided employment for more than 450,000 Georgians last year,” said Deal. “Each year, we welcome more and more visitors to Georgia, largely due to the success of dedicated tourism professionals from Blue Ridge to Valdosta, and from Columbus to Savannah.”

The 2017 award recipients, nominated by the Georgia tourism industry, include:

“The success of the tourism industry would not be possible without the contributions of our tourism partners who work hard to ensure that Georgia is on the minds of travelers around the world,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson.

The next conference will be hosted on Aug. 26-28, 2018 in Atlanta.

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