Tourism, Hospitality & Arts Day at the Capitol 

Please save the date of February 4-5, 2019 for Tourism, Hospitality & Arts Day 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 $63.1 billion, supporting more than 460,000 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.  We will continue to update this page as all of the details for each event are finalized.  

Deal: Georgia’s 2017 tourism breaks records
Press Release May 7, 2018
Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that the state’s tourism industry generated a record-breaking $63.1 billion in economic impact in 2017, for an increase of 3.8 percent over last year, according to the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics.

“The tourism industry contributes significantly to the growth and prosperity of Georgia’s economy,” said Deal. “During National Travel and Tourism Week, we’re celebrating the continued success of this vital industry and the more than 460,000 jobs created by tourist expenditures. Last year, a record number of visitors traveled to Georgia to explore our mountains, coastline, thriving cities and small towns. The continued growth of the tourism industry provides meaningful employment opportunities for families, strengthens our local communities and reaffirms our status as a world-class tourism destination.”

In 2017, visitor spending in Georgia generated more than $3.3 billion in state and local tax revenue. According to the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics, Georgia’s total tourism demand is 39 percent higher than its pre-recession level in 2008.

“Georgia’s tourism industry is the foundation for being able to offer our citizens access to a thriving quality of life with unique destinations, experiences, events and cultural opportunities,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Congratulations to our Georgia Tourism team as well as the tourism industry professionals across the state for making Georgia a top travel destination.”

“Tourism’s astounding growth as one of the top industries in our state is a testament to our tourism industry professionals who work tirelessly to promote their destinations and create new opportunities to entice visitors to come back,” said GDEcD Deputy Commissioner for Tourism Kevin Langston. “National Travel and Tourism Week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the strength of this industry, the impact it has on our economy and the excitement of what the future of this industry holds.”


Resources 

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.