On Wednesday in Savannah, Governor Nathan Deal presented awards to the winners across several categories at the Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference in Savannah. Hosted by the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and the Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau, the event highlights top tourism professionals and organizations, with over 500 attendees from the industry.

Tourism is a vital piece of the Georgia economy. Economic impact from tourism has reached more than $57 billion. Tourism is the fifth largest industry employer and supports more than 400,000 jobs in Georgia, or 10.2% of all payroll employment. Tax revenue derived directly or indirectly from tourism in 2014 totaled more than $3 billion. Visitor information centers around the state welcome over 14 million visitors to the state each year. Georgia has a little something for tourists of all stripes – from presidential junkies in Plains or the Carter Center to zombie fans seeking out Walking Dead film locations. 

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