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I-75 continues to help Valdosta's tourism

Many I-75 travelers make stops in Valdosta. (Source: WALB) Many I-75 travelers make stops in Valdosta. (Source: WALB)
Many of the hotels expect to be booked throughout the next few weeks. (Source: WALB) Many of the hotels expect to be booked throughout the next few weeks. (Source: WALB)
Valdosta has a lot of hotels and restaurants that suit all budgets. (Source: WALB) Valdosta has a lot of hotels and restaurants that suit all budgets. (Source: WALB)
Tim Riddle, General Manager of the Valdosta Tourism Authority (Source: WALB) Tim Riddle, General Manager of the Valdosta Tourism Authority (Source: WALB)
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Valdosta may not be located along a coast where many spring breakers head during this time of year, but that does not mean that they city is not seeing its fair share of travelers.

Valdosta is situated close to Interstate 75, which according to local tourism officials, is one of the busiest north to south corridors in the United States.

The city has five exits along I-75 which attracts a number of interstate travelers.

Tim Riddle general manager of the Valdosta Tourism Authority says, “We’re a definite drive-in market. Yes, we have an airport, but most of our visitation comes via roads. And with I-75 being right there at our doorstep it helps bring people in.”

Riddle says that in 2014 around $257 million dollars were spent by tourists in Valdosta which supported around 2500 local jobs.

He also says that the city was above the state average for tourism in 2015.

Another factor that attracts so many passengers off the interstate is the wide variety of accommodations that the city has throughout its exits.

Riddle says that the city offers a selection of hotels and restaurants that fit all different types of price points.

And future developers are seeing the attraction.

Right now, a Comfort Inn and Suites is being built off Exit 16 in Valdosta. There’s also works of a Wyngate Garden Hotel coming to the downtown area and even talks about a third development coming to the city.

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