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Just last week, I was in Athens for the Department of Economic Development quarterly board meeting. While there, I had the good fortune to see a fantastic exhibit at the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library on the UGA campus. The small exhibit tells the history of Georgia's tourism industry, including the development of Stone Mountain and Jekyll Island, the development of our first state marketing campaigns and visitor centers, and other nuggets of history. It is well worth a visit! It reminded me of the hard work of those who laid the groundwork for our efforts today - and as we head into Thanksgiving, gave me some new reasons to be thankful, both for the tourism leaders of the past and also for those of you who continue to blaze a trail today. Thank you for all you do!


Top News Items from Georgia Tourism

  1. Georgia Tourism premieres new statewide promotional videos
    The Georgia Tourism division premiered the new promotional videos "We Are Georgia" during a preview event Oct. 28 at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. "We Are Georgia" features Georgia's nine tourism marketing regions and provides viewers with a captivating visual of the many unique and varying offerings across the state. Watch the videos and see if you can spot some familiar faces!  

  2. Nominate your favorite dishes for the 2016 list of 100 Plates Locals Love by Nov. 30
    We need your help selecting Georgia's next dishes to include in our list of "100 Plates Locals Love" to be featured in the 2016 Georgia Eats Culinary Guide. What can't-miss dishes do you recommend to all your friends and family? Tell visitors, local media and everyone you know to nominate their favorite plates today!

  3. Submit a bid to host 2016 Travel Media Marketplace by Dec. 4 
    Travel Media Marketplace is an opportunity to bring travel media to Georgia's tourism destinations and share story ideas. Travel writers from all over the United States and Canada meet with representatives from around the state during the marketplace to learn about the state's tourism destinations, attractions and events. If you are interested in hosting the 2016 Travel Media Marketplace event in your community or region, complete the online form by Dec. 4, 2015. Contact Emily Murray ( with any questions.

  4. Georgia Visitor Information Center Construction Updates
    The Georgia Department of Transportation is continuing renovations at our Georgia Visitor Information Centers. These major renovations include repairs to roofs, replacing HVAC systems, new drywall and painting, new lighting fixtures, repair of picnic benches and canopies, landscaping updates and more. Visitors have no access to the driveways, parking areas or buildings during construction. Tallapoosa reopened Oct. 29, and Lavonia will reopen soon. For the schedule of upcoming VIC closings, visit  

  5. Invite the Georgia Explorers to visit 
    The Georgia Explorers blogging and social media campaign on 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. Welcome, new Georgia Tourism staff members
    We're pleased to announce the addition of three new members of the Georgia Tourism team: Holly Winner, Presidential Pathways Regional Tourism Project Manager; Katie Christof, Senior Digital Media Strategist; and Parker Whidby, Digital Content Specialist. Read more about them on

  7. Georgia Tourism staff spotlight: Nija Torrence
    Nija Torrence, TMP, has been with the Tourism Division since 2000 and is the Tourism Operations Manager. She is responsible for the merchandising program, acts as sales liaison, oversees departmental daily operations, provides administrative support to Deputy Commissioner, manages the Regional Visitor Information Center program, and is tasked with several additional special projects throughout the year. She and her husband Quincy are brave souls who are raising two daughters (Taylor and Gabbi) that are growing up to be just like Mom. Send her wishes for a happy Thanksgiving at!

Mark your calendar for these upcoming tourism events
  1. Jan. 25-26:  2016 Tourism, Hospitality & Arts Day at the Capitol events
  2. Feb. 28-March 2:  GACVB Winter Meeting in Columbus
  3. March 28-30:  2016 RVIC Workshop at Lanier Islands Resort
  4. April 18-24:  2016 Travel Media Marketplace

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