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Georgia Tourism Industry



One of our goals at GeorgiaTouristGuide.com is to help promote tourism in the state of Georgia. It is good for our business and good for the state. GeorgiaTouristGuide.com is a comprehensive tourist guide for the state of Georgia. The Guide encourages in-state and out-of-state tourism by communicating many of the wonderful things our great state has to offer visitors. We provide tourists with an easy-to-use tool that will help them identify the exciting Things to Do, excellent Places to Eat, and satisfying Places to Stay in our great state. The tourist is able to locate items of interest through multiple means and is able to use the Guide’s tools to plan a visit or vacation in Georgia. Our on-line advertising magazine marries the needs of the tourist with the promotional needs of those businesses and organizations engaged in Georgia tourism. We achieve this by providing value-based advertising to the Georgia tourism industry and easy-to-use tools and valuable information for Georgia tourists. We try to make our website a one-stop shop with links, when necessary, to external sites that provide other valuable travel and tourism information. One valuable link is to the tourism events that are scheduled across the state, which can be found on a Tourism Events Calendar maintained by the state. This calendar allows you to search for upcoming events by city or area.

The state of Georgia considers tourism to be one of the primary keys to economic growth and development within the state. Georgia tourism is a big industry and is growing all the time. The following quote is taken from the Georgia Department of Economic Development:

"Tourism is ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT!!! Domestic travelers in Georgia directly spent nearly $16.6 billion during 2005 on transportation, lodging, food, entertainment and recreation, and incidentals. In addition to direct spending on travel, travelers in Georgia produced more than $4.3 billion in indirect expenditures, and $7.1 billion in induced expenditures. Total travel expenditures, including direct, indirect and induced impact in Georgia reached almost $28 billion in 2005. These expenditures generated 217 thousand jobs within Georgia and brought nearly $6.2 billion payroll income for the employees. Travel-generated jobs increased 2.5 percent from 2004. Direct domestic travel expenditures in Georgia generated nearly $1.3 billion in tax revenue for state and local governments in 2005, up 5.9 percent from 2004."

Tourism Division
Georgia Department of Economic Development

In addition, the tourism industry ranks second only to agribusiness for the state of Georgia. Over one billion dollars per year are generated in tax revenues. For every dollar spent on advertising, Georgia receives back $8 in revenues.

In 2006 Georgia hosted a61.7 million domestic visitors to the state. About 51% were non-residents and 49% were Georgia residents. About 74% of the trips were primarily taken for leisure purposes. In 2006 domestic travelers spent $17.7 billion, a 7.1% increase over 2005. An estimated 219,000 jobs were generated by these revenues. In addition, $1.3 billion of tax revenues resulted from domestic travelers to Georgia. SOURCE: 2006 Travel Profile for Georgia

So you can see how important tourism is to Georgia and Georgians. The state of Georgia’s website provides some valuable information for tourists and Georgia produces an excellent Georgia Travel Guide magazine along with travel brochures. The state supports tourism through a number of avenues. Visitor Centers are located at strategic points in the state. Local Convention and Visitor Bureaus have their own websites and promote tourism within their areas. There are also local organizations, such as Chambers of Commerce, that promote tourism and can provide tourists with valuable travel information.
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