ATLANTA (January 26, 2017) | Chairman of the Senate Economic Development and Tourism Committee, Senator Mike Dugan (R – Carrollton), attended Georgia Chamber’s 2017 State of Tourism Breakfast Tuesday to learn about what is driving the tourism industry in Georgia.
“Georgia’s tourism industry is quickly becoming the heart of our state’s economy,” said Sen. Dugan. “This industry sustained more than 439,000 jobs and had an economic impact of over $59 billion in 2016, proving that the opportunities for tourism in Georgia are endless. In addition, Georgia was named as a ‘Best Trip’ destination for 2017 by National Geographic, which will undoubtedly add to our state’s tourism industry.”
The State of Tourism Breakfast attendees heard presentations from Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson and Tourism Economics CEO Adam Sacks. Both Wilson and Sacks provided a unique insight into national and Georgia tourism industry trends.
Following the breakfast, tourism partners joined Governor Nathan Deal to unveil the 2017 Georgia Travel Guide and present a check representing the $3 billion in state and local tax revenue generated from tourism related expenses.
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For Immediate Release:
January 26, 2017
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