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Peach State tourism increases

May 24, 2006

Cordele -- One way communities can increase revenue to pay for the cost of Government is to attract more visitors, and Georgia is getting better at doing that.  

A new report shows the total impact of visitors to the state went up $2 billion last year to $28.2 billion.

Economic developers in Crisp County say Lake Blackshear and the SAM Shortline Railroad help attract people there, and tourism is important to their local economy. 

"With our location on I-75, we have over 50,000 cars a day coming down the interstate and what our tourism community tries to do is put out billboards and brochures to encourage people to stop off and spend the night, come out to the lake," said Monica Simmons of the Crisp County Chamber of Commerce.  

More than a million people visited Veterans Memorial State Park in Crisp County last year. Last year, the state started the Georgia Tourism Foundation to promote tourism around the state. About 217,000 Georgians worked in travel-related jobs last year.  


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