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Carter calls on Georgians to promote tourism

January 7, 2003

PLAINS -- Former President Jimmy Carter unveils the 2003 Georgia on my mind travel guide, finding to no ones surprise, himself on the cover.

"These are the things people think of when they think of Georgia," Janis Cannon, Deputy Commissioner of Tourism said.

The top three things; peaches, the past and places like Tifton's Agrirama,and people, for whom the former president and now peace prize winner is a spokesman.

"When you give tourists a chance to come here it does us a favor, but a greater one to those who come visit," President Jimmy Carter said. 

Willis Daugherty of Cedar Rapids Iowa wouldn't have been in Plains, if it wasn't for a hardworking employee at Valdosta's visitor center?

"I said what's happening in Georgia?" said Willis. "She told me about this, so I stayed overnight, and I am glad I did."

The idea behind the travel guide is simple, someone like Willis Daugherty goes to Plains, leafs through the book and ends up at the Habitat for Humanity Headquarters in Americus. The Habitat Ambassador is now asking Governor Sonny Perdue to make sure more money is budgeted for tourism as Georgia has fallen to last among Southern states in funding, and behind North Carolina in the number of tourists. President Carter told the crowd, "North Carolina doesn't have anything better than us."

The Iowa tourist agrees, especially after seeing the often forgotten Georgia, "When you get off the interstate and drive through here, get a whole different view of Georgia."

Now the department of industry, trade, and tourism hopes the state takes a new perspective on the state's second leading industry, protecting it's 200,000 jobs.

If you want a copy of the 2003 travel guide, you can pick one up at any of Georgia's 11 travel centers. The tourism industry is second only to agriculture in Georgia.