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October always brings to mind big pots of chili, tailgating, raking leaves, the Fall Classic and FOOTBALL!  It's a big month for tourism with lots of folks on the interstates going to watch their favorite teams as well as to ever-popular fall festivals. There are so many great things to do in Georgia, and we thank those of you who are shoulder-deep in planning all the events that bring tourism dollars to our state.


Top News Items from Georgia Tourism

  1. Now available: 2014 Visitor Data
    Visit the Research section of marketgeorgia.org for the latest data about visitation to Georgia. You will find the latest Travel FAQs, your go-to source to answer the most frequently asked questions; the 2014 Domestic Visitor Report and profile reports for the state and all nine tourism regions; and the 2014 Overseas Visitors to Georgia Report. Contact Research Director Andria Godfrey with any questions.  

  2. Attend the Tourism Trends, Research and Social Media Road Show 
    Georgia Tourism staff are traveling the state to share the latest research and tourism trends with you FREE OF CHARGE! View the schedule of remaining sessions in October and November, and click this link to register for the session nearest you!

  3. Gov. Deal honors contributors to arts and humanities 
    Congratulations to four Georgia tourism partners, who are among the 13 recipients of the 2015 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities! Foxfire, Pasaquan Preservation Society, Slow Exposures and Telfair Museums received awards this month for their significant contributions to Georgia's civic and cultural vitality. Read more about the awards on marketgeorgia.org.

  4. ExploreGeorgia.org has received the Web Marketing Association's award for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development at the 2015 WebAwards! The WebAward Competition recognizes excellent websites in 96 industry categories. In the travel category, ExploreGeorgia.org was one of 13 Outstanding Websites recognized in 2015, five of which were developed by Miles, the interactive agency of record for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Click here for more information.  

  5. Invite the Georgia Explorers to visit 
    The Georgia Explorers blogging and social media campaign on ExploreGeorgia.org has been a hit with Georgia travelers! The Explorers post blogs about things to do around the state based on their personal travels, and they're always looking for new trip ideas and experiences. If you would like to invite any of the Explorers to visit your community and experience why it's a terrific destination, fill out the online form. Even if they cannot make the trip, your invitation could spark content ideas, so don't hesitate to submit an invitation today!

  6. Reminder: Post your holiday events and deals on ExploreGeorgia.org
    The holidays are around the corner, and travelers are looking for things to do with their families, places to get away and experiential gift ideas. It's never too early to tell travelers about your events and special offers. Make sure your information is posted and up to date on exploregeorgia.org!

  7. Georgia Tourism staff spotlight: Jeff Farr
    The Tourism Division's finance guy, Jeff Farr, keeps us on budget and on our toes with his tremendous sense of humor and unique perspective on life and all things Southern. Originally from the western North Carolina mountains, he regales us with tales of his Appalachian history (and you better pronounce that correctly in his presence). He and his significant other, Keith (or Teeth as Sadie Belle Gray calls him), have two "kids:" Dakota, a Rottweiler, and a Shepherd mix named Rebel (or the Liver Dog). Send him a note of thanks for all he does for the department at jfarr@georgia.org!

Mark your calendar for these upcoming tourism events.

GDEcD Tourism Division Road Show (Trends, Research & Social Media) remaining stops:
  • Thursday, Oct. 29:  Alma/Bacon County Dev. Auth., Alma
  • Friday, Oct. 30:  Lanier Charter Career Academy, Oakwood
  • Monday, Nov. 9:  Albany Welcome Center
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10: Columbia County Exhibition Center, Grovetown
Click here to register online to attend.

Jan. 25-26, 2016:  Tourism, Hospitality & Arts Day at the Capitol events

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