Georgia tourism generated $58.9 billion last year

High Museum of Art in AtlantaThe High Museum of Art in Atlanta. (Photo by Todd DeFeo)

Georgia’s tourism industry generated a record $58.9 billion economic impact in the last year at the 2016 Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference in College Park.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal recognized several of the state’s top tourism professionals at the annual industry event, which was hosted by the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and the Georgia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus.

“Tourism has become one of Georgia’s top economic generators, as the industry supports more than 439,000 jobs and surpassed $58.9 billion in economic impact last year,” Deal said in a news release. “In 2015 alone, a record 100 million visitors came to Georgia to explore our mountains, beaches, big cities and small towns. With a thriving tourism sector and new attractions coming across the state, I have no doubt that next year will follow the trend of exceeding our expectations.”

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