Tourism, Hospitality & Arts Day at the Capitol 

Please plan to join us in Atlanta January 22-23, 2018 for Tourism, Hospitality & Arts Day activities at the Capitol.  

We all know what a difference an investment in travel and tourism can do to improve the quality of life for all Georgia residents. Our industry has a total economic impact of more than $61.1 billion, supporting more than 450,000 jobs statewide.  It is more important than ever that we build strong advocacy programs to showcase the important role of travel and tourism in our statewide economy and tell our story to our elected officials.  

Join us for several events to celebrate the impact of tourism in our state:  the educational programming at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Atlanta Magazine's Tourism Gala, the State of Tourism Breakfast, legislative office visits, and the presentation of 'the big check' to Governor Deal at the Georgia State Capitol Building.  We will continue to update this page as all of the details for each event are finalized.  

Monday, Jan. 22, 2018

GDEcD Social Media Campaign Session and Co-op Media Vendor Presentations
Press Room, Student Success Center on Georgia Tech Campus

1:00 - 3:00pm

Nobody knows Georgia quite like Georgians do. Representatives from Red Pepper will introduce “The Georgia Way,” the proposed social media and content campaign designed to drive awareness of Georgia thorough engaging, insider storytelling. From research through concept and monthly campaign cycles, Red Pepper will walk tourism partners through the details in a manner designed to encourage conversation, idea-sharing and excitement about participating in the future campaign. Following Red Pepper’s session, media vendors who are included in the FY 19 Advertising Co-op Program will give short presentations on their products. Come learn about the solutions available to you and discover how Georgia Tourism’s media vendors can serve your advertising needs.

Monday, Jan. 22, 2018

A Celebration of Georgia Tourism Presented by Atlanta Magazine Custom Media
Atlanta History Center
6:00 - 8:30pm

The evening will feature live entertainment, great food, cocktails, networking with Georgia’s Tourism leaders and elected officials…plus a few surprises! RSVP to, password: georgia (case sensitive). Complimentary valet by AAA Parking.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

State of Tourism Breakfast - purchase tickets here
College Football Hall of Fame
7:00am - 9:30am

The Georgia Travel Association (GATA) is the host of the second annual State of Tourism Breakfast will be held on January 23, 2018 at the College Football Hall of Fame, 250 Marietta St NW 250 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313.  Plan to join hundreds of tourism professionals from around the state to kick off a great 2018 for tourism in Georgia! 

Networking and coffee will be held from 7:00 AM – 7:30 AM, and doors will officially open at 7:30 AM. The program begins promptly at 7:45 AM. Special guests include Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and former State Senator Hunter Hill.  More special guests will be announced soon.

Immediately following the program, transportation will be available for all interested participants to join Governor Nathan Deal to celebrate Tourism, Hospitality, and Arts Day at the Capitol. 

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ian Rutan at or 404-223-2264. For general event questions, please contact Maddison Hendershot at or 404-223-2466.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tourism, Hospitality and Arts Day at the Capitol
Georgia State Capitol

Tourism, Hospitality and Arts representatives gather at the Georgia State Capitol for the annual acknowledgement and celebration of our respective industries. We will begin gathering no later than 9:30 a.m. on the steps of the North Wing. The official program and check presentation to Governor Nathan Deal is scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m. with the group photo shoot on the steps to follow. 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

2018 Georgia Travel Guide Distribution
Georgia Public Broadcasting
260 14th St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

10:30am - 2:00pm

Cases of the 2018 Georgia Travel Guide will be available for pickup outside of the main Georgia Public Broadcasting building in Midtown. The location is easily accessible off of I-75 and you’ll be able to pull right into the parking garage past the main building on your right, have your guides loaded into your vehicle and turn around. It will be simple and convenient and we appreciate our partners at GPB making this possible!


Our partners at GATA secured two room blocks for Tourism, Hospitality, and Arts Day at the Capitol and the State of Tourism Breakfast.

Home 2 Suites
87 Walton Street
Atlanta, GA  30303

Rate:  $129 + taxes & fees per night with $10 parking through January 15th

Reservation link:

Hilton Garden Inn
275 Baker Street
Atlanta, GA  30313

Rate:  $139 + taxes & fees per night through January 11th or until the block is sold out

Reservation link:   


The resources below were compiled to provide our members with information to help prepare for legislative visits during Tourism, Hospitality & Arts Day at the Capitol but could be used for any legislative activity throughout the year. 

Please visit our Legislative Resources page for additional tools.