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Tourism conference comes to Tifton

September 12, 2007

Tifton -- Governor Sonny Perdue will be in Tifton on Friday to give a keynote speech at the 2007 Governor's Conference on Tourism.

Tifton is one of the fastest growing cities in South Georgia. Home to the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, visitors from across the state are converging on this bustling town for the 2007 Governor's Conference on Tourism.

"We're so proud of that. We're hoping that this will help us grow further, and we're excited about that," said Tifton resident Marlene Bowen Thornton.

Over 400 people, including Governor Sonny Perdue, will attend the conference which runs through Friday. The conferences theme, "Best in Show", will spotlight the tourism industry's best practices, ideas and trends in Georgia.

Charlie Gatlin with the Georgia Department of Economic Development said, "We're really excited about the conference. It's an educational time for people to learn how to enhance their community assets in tourism, how to bring more people to the state, how to get them to stay longer and spend more money. That's really what it's all about."

From the North Georgia mountains to the South Georgia plains, the state's tourism industry brings in both in-state and out-of-state residents. It's an industry that's also a big money maker here in the state of Georgia.

"Tourism is the number two industry in the state of Georgia. It's making phenomenal progress, and it's a competitive industry. That's why we're here to talk about how we can win it. We're in it to win it," said GDED representative Gilda Waters. 

With all that Georgia has to offer, it's the winning attitude that's invited dozens of vendors, political and industry leaders to Tifton to put big bucks in the Peach State's Pockets.

Governor Perdue will address the conference Friday at 12:15 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.

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