Governor Nathan Deal concluded the annual Governor's Tourism Conference last week with the announcement that the Georgia tourism industry made a record-breaking $60.8 billion in economic impact and employed over 450,000 Georgians last year.
"Each year," said Governor Deal, "we welcome more and more visitors to Georgia, largely due to the success of dedicated tourism professionals from Blue Ridge to Valdosta, from Columbus to Savannah. The hard work of these individuals contributes not only to Georgia's ranking as the No. 1 state in which to do business, but helps to solidify our reputation as the No. 1 state to visit and call home."
Our own Craig Miller was also one of several Georgia tourism professionals honored at the conference, which was held in Jekyll Island, Georgia. He received the Bill Hardman Sr. Tourism Champion Private Sector Award, recognizing his continued contributions to video marketing.
The conference, hosted by the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDECD) and the Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (GACVB), brings together over 400 of Georgia's tourism professionals from every corner of the state.
We were also proud to see two of our favorite tourism partners honored at the ceremony. The Paul Broun Award for Marketing Initiatives was awarded to Visit Henry County and the Al Burris Award for Creative Expression was awarded to the Booth Western Art Museum for the HAAS Public School Transportation Fund.
You can read the entire press release from the Georgia Department of Economic Development here.
Congratulations to all of the award recipients, and cheers to a wonderful event celebrating tourism in our state. The 2018 Governor's Tourism Conference will take place August 26-28 in Atlanta.