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Tourism thrives in city of Americus

Tourists are bringing in lots of business for the city of Americus (Source: WALB) Tourists are bringing in lots of business for the city of Americus (Source: WALB)
The known hotel-motel tax goes back into the city's tourism budget (Source: WALB) The known hotel-motel tax goes back into the city's tourism budget (Source: WALB)
Nicole Thurston (Source: WALB) Nicole Thurston (Source: WALB)
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

With a crowd of close to 600 people, the city of Americus is booming.

All of the hotels were completely booked for the weekend.

A new hotel was not set to open until the end of the month, but they made several rooms available for the crowds.

Not only do local businesses benefit, but the people of Sumter County do as well.

There is an extra "hotel-motel" tax when people book hotels in the county. That tax money then goes back into the tourism budget.

"We are so excited to host this event and we hope that they will continue to choose us each year. Other communities can just as easily court them and bring them on, but they have chosen use very year. They say it's our hospitality. They say the folks at the Windsor treat everyone like kings and queens when they come in and the community really rallies together," said tourism director Nicole Thurston.

Thurston says this is a great time of year for tourism in Sumter County.

The money goes right back to the people living in Americus.

In 2015, each household received $225 in tax relief that was generated by economic tourism activity.

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