Welcome to the GACVB travelblazers recognition program!
A “travelblazer” is innovative. Original. A pioneer. Someone who is instantly described as working to create a unique impact within the industry and for their community. We hope through these awards, that other tourism partners will be encouraged to get involved in community development and utilize out-of-the-box approaches to destination product and promotion.

The travelblazers program, launched in 2020, is designed to recognize community destination development projects exemplifying multi-partner collaboration and creative product development that demonstrates ‘tourism at the economic development table’. Tourism should not only have a seat at the economic development table, but also, destination marketing organizations should help set the table for community projects. Tourism development projects can take years to get to the ribbon cutting. We celebrate completed, unique initiatives and non-traditional partnerships contributing to local tourism assets and attractions.

2022 travelblazers 

GEORGIA TREND ARTICLE: 2022 TRAVELBLAZERS: COLLABORATIONS and PARTNERSHIPS YIELD NEW DESTINATIONS FOR TOURISTS

  • The Creeks Recreational Trail System - Butts County Chamber of Commerce / City of Jackson & Dauset Trail Nature Center
  • Fenders Alley - City of Cornelia 
  • JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside - Visit Savannah
  • Taste of Thomasville Food Tours - Thomasville Visitors Center
  • William Hubbard Complex and Historic Hubbard Women's Dormitory (Hubbard Museum & Cultural Center) City of Forsyth CVB
           2022 travelblazer notables: Augusta Sculpture Trail, Bubbles & Brews (Cobb County), Douglasville Public Art Project, Visit Roswell Mobile Visitors Center, The Eastside Hops Trail (Decatur / DeKalb County)

2021 travelblazers 

GEORGIA TREND ARTICLE: 2021 TRAVELBLAZERS: PARTNERSHIPS CREATE NEW TOURISM OPPORTUNITIES

Recognized at the GACVB Annual Conference in Savannah, Georgia - Presentation Slides (Starting Slide #9) 

  • Georgia World War II Heritage Trail
  • Henry Ford Bakery - Richmond Hill Convention & Visitors Bureau 
  • Okefenokee Swamp Exhibit - Waycross Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Serene 18 Paddle Trail - Columbia County Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Topside Tap Trail - Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Visit Roswell, Visit Sandy Springs 

2020 travelblazers

Recognized at the GACVB Annual Conference in Valdosta, Georgia - Presentation Slides

  • Dahlonega Plateau AVA - Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber & Visitors Bureau
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park - Visit Dublin GA
  • Mercer Music at Capricorn - Visit Macon 
  • Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience - Visit Savannah 

 

Thank you to our travelblazers sponsor-partner