Press Room 

GACVB and member-partners in the news as well as tourism industry releases and resources (Destination marketing, management, and travel industry in the media)

May 2022

  • 5/16 Meet the Savannah Bananas, who’ve captivated fans and MLB. ‘We exist to make baseball fun’, LA Times
  • 5/16 Gov. Kemp Announces More Than $415M in Awards to Address Negative Economic Impact Caused by COVID-19, Office of the Governor Press Release
  • 5/16 $150 Million Targeted for Georgia’s Hotels Will Get the Industry ‘Back on its Feet’, GHLA Press Release 
  • 5/10 Forsyth County tourism is on an upswing, even during global pandemic,  
  • 5/10 Gov. Kemp Signs Legislation to Strengthen Georgia’s Forestry Industry, Promote Conservation, and Protect Georgia’s Natural Resources,
  • 5/7 Five Atlanta sites win Georgia Trust historic preservation awards, SaportaReport 
  • 5/1 Building a more resilient future; National Tourism and Travel Week Returns first week of May 2022, Destinations International 

April 2022

  • 4/29 Cobb Travel & Tourism Presents Nine Craft Beverage Makers with Bubbles & Brews Awards, Official Press Release
  • 4/29 Augusta's River Region Welcomes Second Quarter Conferences and Sports Events, Augusta CEO
  • 4/27 Cobb Travel & Tourism Celebrates the ‘Future of Travel’ During National Travel & Tourism Week, Official Press Release
  • 4/26 Visit Savannah CEO: The resurgence of the travel and tourism supports our community, Op-ed
  • 4/25 Jay Markwalter of the GACVB Provides Update on the Tourism Rebound Across the State, Georgia CEO
  • 4/18 Cobb Travel & Tourism’s Kaitlyn Parham, TMP Named One of Destinations International’s 30 Under 30, Official CTT Press Release 
  • 4/15 To find a huge museum of Western art, head to this small Southern town, Washington Post
  • 4/15 A Local's Guide to Savannah, Washington Post
  • 4/14 Southeast Tourism Society to celebrate 30 years of Marketing College®, Official STS Press Release
  • 4/14 Tourists Continue to Flock to the Golden Isles, The Brunswick News
  • 4/11 Fox Theatre Institute Brings New Life to Georgia Performance Venues, Georgia Trend
  • 4/1 UGA hospitality students to gain culinary experience at 2022 Masters, UGA CAES Newswire
  • 4/1 Jekyll Island on The 2022 Top 25 Historic Hotels of America Most Magnificent Gardens List, Newsmaker Alert / Historic Hotels of America

March 2022

  • 3/31 GWCC Opens Andrew Young International Mall and Terminal, 
  • 3/21 Omnibus Spending Bill Includes $250 Million for Brand USA, USAE
  • 3/16 Recovery on Pace: "Shimo" Shimasaki on the Pace of Meetings Bookings, Meetings Today
  • 3/16 Southeast Tourism Society hosts Inaugural Domestic Showcase in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Official STS Press Release
  • 3/14 Butts County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet, Jackson Progress - Argus

February 2022

January 2022

  • 1/31 Visionary Cities, Georgia Trend
  • 1/14 Macon’s Tourism Industry Evolves Through Pandemic Challenges,

November 2021

  • 11/19 Georgia’s historic performing arts venues receive financial assistance, (Georgia Trend)
  • 11/8 Decline in COVID-19 Spurs Cautious Holiday Travel, Study Shows (Longwoods International), USAE
  • 11/4 Destination Augusta Announces Position Promotion and New Hires, Official News Release 
  • 11/4 Georgia Audubon to restore bird-friendly habitat on Jekyll, The Brunswick News 
  • 11/4 Large donation helps Gainesville to connect Highlands to Islands trail sections, Gainesville Times 
  • 11/3 Braves beat Astros 7-0 in Game 6, winning first World Series since 1995, Fox 5 Atlanta
  • 11/1 Catching up with Mark Jaronski, Deputy Commissioner, Explore Georgia, GDEcD, Georgia Trend

October 2021

  • 10/31 Woodbine | Camden County: History Shapes the Future: Military, green energy and tourism, Georgia Trend
  • 10/29 Atlanta is only U.S. city on Lonely Planet’s top destinations for 2022, AJC
  • 10/25 GACVB's Jay Markwalter on Georgia's Tourism Industry, Georgia CEO video
  • 10/18 Atlanta CVB Leader Talks Recovery from COVID Pandemic: USAe
  • 10/15 Jennifer Bowen Gives an Update on Augusta Film Commission, Augusta CEO video
  • 10/8 Athens Beer Trail Launched,
  • 10/5 Tourism continues to be steady in Columbia County, WJBF 6
  • 10/2 Cobb hotel tax revenue returns to pre-pandemic levels, Marietta Daily Journal

September 2021

  • 9/30 Help! Wanted, Georgia Trend
  • 9/22 NATIONAL PARKS: Georgia's Ocmulgee Mounds May Be America's Next National Park, Conde Nast Traveler
  • 9/21 Statewide Support Behind Glynn County’s Nomination For American World War II Heritage Designation, The Georgia Virtue 
  • 9/8 Governor Appoints 20 to the Georgia Tourism Foundation, Augusta CEO
  • 9/2 Governor says nearly $6 million in COVID relief funds will go to Georgia state tourism agency,
  • 9/2 Georgia tourism industry getting boost from federal coronavirus relief funds, Capitol Beat 
  • 9/1 Governor Kemp Directs $5.8 Million to Aid Georgia’s Tourism Industry, Office of Governor Brian P. Kemp
  • 9/1 Governor Kemp Directs $5.8 Million to Aid Georgia's Tourism Industry, GDEcD 

August 2021

  • 8/23 Columbia County Tourism’s Serene18 Paddle Trail wins prestigious National Award, Columbia County CVB Press Release
  • 8/19 National Infantry Museum One Of 10 Stops On Georgia's World War II Heritage Trail,
  • 8/17 Jekyll Island Authority approves capital projects, cash reserve plans for unexpected revenues, The Brunswick News
  • 8/17 2021 Athens Music Walk of Fame plaques have been installed. Here's where to find them, Athens Banner Herald
  • 8/17 Discover Dunwoody recognized by international organization, The Champion
  • 8/10 Hartsfield-Jackson’s delayed hotel project set to get another extension, AJC
  • 8/3 Discover Dunwoody Receives (DMAP) Designation From Destinations International, Official Press Release
  • 8/2 Trazees Awards 2021, The Global Traveler Magazine (page 43 and page 19 interview Joe Marinelli, President Visit Savannah)

July 2021

  • 7/30 Augusta | Richmond County: Betting on Augusta: Workforce, housing and economic recovery. GeorgiaTrend
  • 7/30 Cobb Energy Center receives $5 million federal relief grant, Marietta Daily Journal
  • 7/26 Helen’s Oktoberfest is back for its 50th anniversary. Here’s what you need to know, Gainesville Times 
  • 7/26 Columbus State positively impacts the region’s economy, GeorgiaTrend
  • 7/23 Fanning Institute to assist seven more communities with leadership programs: Leadership development effort spans the state, University of Georgia / UGA Today
  • 7/20 SAVANNAH in THE WORLD’S GREATEST PLACES OF 2021: 100 extraordinary destinations to explore, TIME Magazine
  • 7/19 Chattahoochee RiverLands’ pilot project in Cobb receives Woodruff gift, Saporta Report
  • 7/17 The Thunderbird Inn Is First In Savannah, Georgia's Tourism Industry To Announce $15/Hour Minimum Wage,
  • 7/15 National Trust Awards $3 Million in Grants to 40 Sites to Help Preserve Black History, National Trust for Historic Preservation 
  • 7/14 The outdoor activity that's helping local tourism during pandemic, staffing shortages, The Times/
  • 7/12 49 Georgia counties receive arts funding, GeorgiaTrend
  • 7/9 Conyers CVB awarded Explore Georgia Tourism Recovery Marketing Grant, Rockdale Newton Citizen
  • 7/9 Georgia is now the best state for retirees, study finds...
  • 7/8 Georgia jobless rate ticks up in late June ahead of $300 benefits cut, Like others working in Georgia’s tourism industry, Hilda Thomason, general manager of the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Towns County, says... Georgia Recorder and
  • 7/7 Georgia Council for the Arts Awards More Than $2 Million in Grant Funding to Support Arts Throughout Georgia,
  • 7/7 Travel Coalition Releases Border Reopening Blueprint, USAE-news USTravelAssociation
  • 7/6 Civil rights tourism starts to regain footing in Atlanta, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • 7/5 City awarded Explore Georgia Tourism Recovery marketing grant, Thomasville Times-Enterprise 
  • 7/2 Have a Fun Holiday Weekend!, Georgia Trend
  • 7/1 2021 TravelBlazers: Partnerships Create New Tourism Opportunities, GeorgiaTrend online or Georgia Trend magazine digital version

June 2021

  • 6/25 Tourism numbers soar at a record pace, The Brunswick News
  • 6/24 LaGrange’s tourism industry sees modest turnaround, The LaGrange Daily News 
  • 6/23 Business travel faces long road to recovery from pandemic, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • 6/22 Brookhaven announces Cherry Blossom Summer Block Party; The Revivalists lead the concert lineup, Explore Brookhaven
  • 6/22 Johns Creek Convention and Visitors Bureau Awarded Tourism Grant,
  • 6/22 Topside Tap Trail Partnership Earns Cities Travelblazer Award,
  • 6/11 Georgia tourism springs back to life, businesses struggle to regain staffing, The Current
  • 6/9 Global Traveler Announces Ninth Annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards, Global Traveler
  • 6/7 Augusta, Thomson getting state funds to help revive tourism, WRDW
  • 6/1 Business Travel is Coming Back, Wall Street Journal 

May 2021

  • 5/28 Heritage Trail receives TrailBlazer award, The Toccoa Record
  • 5/26 Roswell, Alpharetta And Sandy Springs CVB's Receive Georgia Association Of Convention & Visitors Bureaus' Travelblazer Award,
  • 5/18 GACVB's Jay Markwalter Gives an Update on Tourism in Georgia, Georgia CEO video link 
  • 5/3 Georgia tourism officials working to help industry rebound from pandemic, Capitol Beat

April 2021

  • 4/26 GACVB Announces Partnership with Atlanta Magazine / Compass Media, GACVB Official Press Release
  • 4/26 Georgia Historic Preservation Division Adding Four Properties to the National Register of Historic Places,
  • 4/21 Tourism continues to recover in Isles, The Brunswick News 
  • 4/20 LaGrange | Troup County: Creating a Sustainable Future, Georgia Trend
  • 4/15 Oconee County ranks tops in Georgia for small businesses, Capitol Beat
  • 4/14 Savannah | Chatham County: Unexpected Bright Spots: Tourism, new construction and the port, Georgia Trend
  • 4/12 GACVB Announces Partnership with Advance Travel and Tourism, GACVB Official Press Release 
  • 4/8 Explore Georgia: State Ready to Safely Host Meetings and Conventions,

March 2021

  • 3/29 Kemp set to visit Wild Adventures; park preps for new season, Valdosta Daily Times
  • 3/27 Gov. Kemp promotes tourism industry rebound during Jekyll visit, The Brunswick News
  • 3/25 Bill to streamline tax process for short-term rentals advances in Georgia Senate, The Center Square
  • 3/19 2020 was 'best year ever' for North Ga. drive-in theater: 'We did it without Hollywood', Athens Banner-Herald
  • 3/19 State Arts Grant Director Lilly to Lead Georgia Council for the Arts,
  • 3/19 Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson was busiest U.S. airport in 2020, AJC
  • 3/12 Tourism up in the Golden Isles, The Brunswick News
  • 3/11 With Georgia’s Film Tax Credits Appearing Secure, Industry Continues To Bounce Back From Pandemic, WABE
  • 3/9 Economic development activity on the rise in Macon, Georgia Trend Magazine
  • 3/3 Explore Georgia Awards Grants to Support Tourism,
  • 3/1 Macon’s 2021 Cherry Blossom Festival is a go during COVID. Here’s how businesses feel, The Macon Telegraph

February 2021

January 2021

  • 1/26 Georgia Board of Natural Resources OKs nine outdoor recreation projects, Capitol Beat 
  • 1/26 Delta to bring 400 pilots back to work by summer, AJC
  • 1/20 Economic development agency seeking marketing funds to bring back Georgia tourism, Capitol Beat
  • 1/18 Trade shows attempt Atlanta comeback amid coronavirus surge, AJC
  • 1/14 Jekyll Island beckons with fun diversions, Georgia Trend Magazine
  • 1/13 Allegiant announces nonstop flight to New York from Savannah, Savannah Morning News
  • 1/1 Stimulus Bill Could Provide Long-Awaited Relief To Georgia's Independent Music Venues, GPB

December 2020

November 2020

October 2020

  • 10/29 Your European Vacation Was Canceled. How About a ‘Bavarian Village’ (Helen) in the Appalachians?, Wall Street Journal
  • 10/29 10 new GA communities become Rural Zones: New jobs and economic development are on the horizon,
  • 10/19 2020 revenue won’t recover, but better days ahead, Morning News
  • 10/5 Macon tourism industry sees slow rebound from COVID-19 lockdown,
  • 10/2 Safety is key to restoring Georgia tourism amid coronavirus, in Augusta Chronicle

September 2020

August 2020