2017 was a record-breaking year for tourism in Georgia

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Georgia’s tourism industry generated a record-breaking $63.1 billion in economic impact in 2017, an increase of 3.8 percent over the previous year, according to the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics.

“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.”

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal

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.

The announcement comes just in time for National Travel and Tourism week, which runs through May 12.

“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.”

Georgia Economic Development Dept. Deputy Commissioner for Tourism Kevin Langston

For more information about National Travel and Tourism Week, visit www.ustravel.org.

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