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Tourism

Tourism drives significant business growth and increase revenue for companies operating in Georgia. A $53.6 billion industry for the state, the gem of the South enjoys a proven, commercial appeal of southern sensibilities and modern possibilities. Plus, Georgia’s business-friendly climate that is home to 17 Fortune 500® headquarters enables companies beginning business or expanding business in Georgia to drive profits with less risk.


Tourism supports more than 411,000 jobs, or 10.2% of all payroll employment in Georgia.

Taxes of $2.8 billion were directly and indirectly generated by tourism in 2013.

11 Visitor Information Centers greet more than 14 million travelers with true Southern hospitality.

EASY ACCESS TO THE BEST OF GEORGIA

Visitors to Georgia’s tourism destinations have easy access to an advanced transportation infrastructure that is unrivaled anywhere else in the country. Georgia’s top-ranked roads put visitors in reach of nearly limitless tourism opportunities in metro Atlanta and throughout the state, including mountains, beaches, canyons, waterfalls, parks, forests, vineyards, professional sports teams and Southern cuisine from award-winning chefs.

BENEFITS

Businesses in Georgia’s tourism industry will:

  • Ensure high consumer and business traffic by positioning themselves at the crossroads of north-south and east-west travel in North America
  • Lower operating costs with electrical power costs well below the national average
  • Establish operations in a proven consumer and business market that generates a strong and steady flow of in-state, out-of-state, and international tourism visits
  • Apply for a Tourism Product Development grant and other sources of tourism grants
  • Rely on Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the world’s busiest and most efficient
  • Utilize nine Regional Tourism Project Managers for assistance and expertise
  • Distribute marketing materials at 11 Visitor Information Centers around the state
  • Reach 14 million visitors per year
  • Post special offers on the state’s tourism website ExploreGeorgia.org and the mobile travel guide
  • Promote destinations or services through the Georgia Travel Guide, Calendar of Events, Group Tour Planner, 1-800 VISIT GA, ExploreGeorgia.org, mobile travel guide, press releases, domestic and international trade shows, state-wide advertising campaigns, e-newsletters and more.

 

Visit our Partner Sites

 MARKETGEORGIA.ORG

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The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Tourism Division, through its network of regional and international representatives, the Atlanta office, and several visitor information centers statewide, assists the state’s communities and attractions in drawing potential travelers to their areas, and helps individual visitors and groups discover Georgia’s unique vacation options.

Click to go to MarketGeorgia.org.

 ExploreGeorgia.org

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Georgia’s official tourism website includes great travel ideas and trip planning tools. All you need to find great vacation experiences, places to stay, activities and dining in Georgia is at your fingertips. We’ve pulled together information about events, attractions, special offers, hotels, bed and breakfast inns and restaurants all in one place.

Click here to go to ExploreGeorgia.org.

 GACivilWar.org

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Georgia’s Civil War Sesquicentennial site commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Georgia. We encourage you to explore our site and learn about the many unique Civil War events and attractions found only in Georgia. We can also help you plan a great trip that includes or is dedicated to Georgia’s Civil War history.

Click here to go to GACivilWar.org.

 ComeTourGeorgia.com

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ComeTourGeorgia is our official site dedicated to film, TV and music travel in Georgia. We’ve got movie tours, travel tips, photo galleries, articles, events and festivals to share with fans. Come explore Georgia’s booming entertainment industry and walk in the footsteps of your favorite actors and musicians.

Click here to go to ComeTourGeorgia.com.

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Contact GDEcD

To learn more information regarding tourism and hospitality in Georgia, contact a member of the Georgia Department of Economic Development's tourism division or call 404.962.4000.
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