Atlanta tourism jobs grow

The state is celebrating the growth of Atanta tourism jobs, among other locations.

Georgia tourism industry professionals from across the state for the annual Tourism, Hospitality & Arts Day at the Capitol to recognize the importance of the tourism industry in Georgia.

“Georgia’s tourism industry continues to break visitation and impact records, helping to boost our economy and sustain more than 460,000 jobs for hardworking Georgians,” said Governor Kemp. “I look forward to working with industry leaders in the months and years ahead to spur job creation, encourage investment, and make Georgia #1 for small business.”

The state’s tourism industry generated a record-breaking $63.1 billion in economic impact in 2017, for an increase of 3.8 percent over last year, according to the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics. Leaders in the industry presented Governor Kemp with a check representing the $3.2 billion in state and local tax revenue generated by tourism-related expenditures in 2017.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our industry partners in hospitality and tourism,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson. “These entrepreneurs and innovators are committed to creating new tourism product and enhancing existing experiences across the state. Thanks to them, it’s no surprise when visitors come back to Georgia again and again.”

Within the pages of the guide, readers will find inspiring feature stories that take them through the history of civil rights on Georgia’s Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Trail, offer a glimpse into Georgia’s past and natural treasures at one of Georgia’s 63 State Parks and Historic Sites, and entice travelers to take the road less traveled on epic road trips, like Georgia Grown Trail 37.