Public Policy Committee

Advocacy Pillar:

  • Public Policy Committee develops the annual policy platform, participates in the annual Tourism, Hospitality, & Arts Day at the Capitol events, evaluates legislative affairs, and works to solve specific issues for the destination marketing industry at the Capitol. The official purpose of the committee is to educate elected officials about the tourism industry and to keep the membership abreast of bills in the state legislature, laws, government requirements and other issues that affect destination marketing organizations. 

2020 Public Policy Committee

  • Joseph Marinelli, Visit Savannah - Committee Chair 
  • Marcus Margerum, Atlanta CVB
  • Peter Bowden, VisitColumbusGA
  • Bennish Brown, Augusta CVB
  • Gary Wheat, Macon CVB
  • Katie Williams, Dunwoody C+VB
  • Lisa Smith, Georgia's Rome Office of Tourism 
  • Bonnie Hayes, Thomasville Visitors Center
  • Scott McQuade, Golden Isles CVB
  • Mark Vaughan, Atlanta CVB
  • Leah Poole, Liberty County Chamber & CVB
  • James Tsismanakis, Discover DeKalb 
  • Lee Hughes, Hughes Public Affairs - GACVB Public Affairs Staff 
  • Jay Markwalter, GACVB Staff

- Marcus Margerum, Atlanta CVB - 2019 GACVB Public Policy Committee Chair giving Legislative Update at Winter Conference 2019
- Lee Hughes, Hughes Public Affairs / GACVB Public Affairs Staff moderating panel at Winter Conference 2019
- Jay Markwalter, GACVB Staff with State Representatives Ron Stephens (Joint Committee Chair) and Matthew Gambill (Committee Member) following Joint House & Senate Committee on Economic Development & Tourism meeting at the 2019 Georgia Governor's Tourism Conference in LaGrange