Deal applauds Georgia's tourism industry, unveils 2014 travel guide

 

On January 28, the Milledgeville Convention & Visitors Bureau attended the annual Tourism, Hospitality & Arts Day at the state Capitol where Gov. Nathan Deal highlighted the vital role the tourism industry plays in Georgia's economic prosperity.

Representatives from the tourism, hospitality and arts industry presented Deal with a check representing the $1.361 billion in state tax revenue generated from tourism-related expenditures in 2012.  "Tourism is a powerful jobs and economic development generator in almost every community in Georgia," said Deal. "With more than $51 billion in economic impact, Georgia's tourism industry provides employment for more than 405,000 Georgians - 10 percent of the state's payroll workforce."

In 2012, Baldwin County's tourism industry supported 740 jobs, generated $77.55 million in direct tourist spending, created $2.80 million in state tax revenues, and generated $2.29 million in local tax revenues.  Each Baldwin County household received $311.94 in tax relief per household, as a result of the taxes generated by tourism economic activity.

Deal also unveiled the new 2014 annual Georgia Travel Guide. This full-color, magazine-size guide features one of Georgia's most recognizable icons: "Gone With the Wind." The guide provides visitors with information on Georgia's tourism assets including trip ideas, attractions, accommodations, events and more. 700,000 guides are distributed through the state's 11 Visitor Information Centers, www.ExploreGeorgia.org, travel and trade shows, 1-800-VISIT GA and local welcome centers. The 2014 Georgia Travel Guide is available for pick up at the Milledgeville CVB, located at 200 West Hancock Street.  The Georgia Department of Economic Development partnered with Atlanta Magazine Custom Media, the award-winning publisher of Atlanta Magazine and the newly launched Southbound Magazine, on the state's official travel guide.

"The most memorable and widely recognized American film was written in Atlanta and can still be experienced in Georgia today," said Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner for tourism for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. "Featuring ‘Gone With the Wind' on the cover during its 75th anniversary year is also an opportunity to highlight the growth and importance of Georgia's entertainment industry, and its deep connection to tourism."

For more information visit www.visitmilledgeville.org or call the Convention & Visitors Bureau at 478 452-4687.