Agricultural tourism growing across state - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Agricultural tourism growing across state

(Source: WALB) (Source: WALB)
Southwest Georgia (WALB) -

The fall is when Georgia cashes in on agricultural tourism.

One South Georgia farmer said growers who don't include agritourism in their business model could be facing trouble.

With apple orchards in North Georgia, wineries, and melon patches in South Georgia, agricultural tourism is growing across the state. 

Mark Daniel, the owner of Mark's Melon Patch, said agricultural tourism allows them to directly market to the public.

They will get customers driving an hour or an hour and a half to visit them and enjoy the countryside in Terrell County.  

Daniel said without the tourism aspect, the farming business could be tough and encourages farmers to utilize the tourism aspect.

"There's more places every year that fall under that umbrella of agritourism. The sky is the limit and no two places are the same so everyone comes up with their own little niche," said Daniel.

Last year, the state's tourism industry brought in $61.1 billion in business sales.

Georgia welcomed 105 million visitors and visitor spending generated more than $3.2 billion in state and local tax revenue, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

The Georgia Agritourism Association said from Labor Day through mid-December is the key period for visitors to experience farm life.

Copyright 2017 WALB. All rights reserved.

Keep up with WALB on the go! 
Follow us on social  
   and download our apps!

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Grandparents enjoy early Christmas celebration

    Grandparents enjoy early Christmas celebration

    Monday, December 18 2017 3:22 PM EST2017-12-18 20:22:55 GMT
    More than 100 grandparents spent time celebrating on Monday. (Source: WALBMore than 100 grandparents spent time celebrating on Monday. (Source: WALB

    A sea of red and just a few gray hairs took over Robert Cross Middle Magnet School today. The Albany Recreation and Parks Department held its 17th annual Christmas with grandparents event. 

    More >>

    A sea of red and just a few gray hairs took over Robert Cross Middle Magnet School today. The Albany Recreation and Parks Department held its 17th annual Christmas with grandparents event. 

    More >>
  • Leesburg family welcomes public to yard spectacular

    Leesburg family welcomes public to yard spectacular

    Monday, December 18 2017 3:19 PM EST2017-12-18 20:19:56 GMT
    The home on Story Lane is decorated each year for the holidays. (Source: WALB)The home on Story Lane is decorated each year for the holidays. (Source: WALB)

    A Leesburg home is drawing a great deal of attention this holiday season after turning their lawn into a holiday spectacular.  For many people, stopping by the home has become a family tradition. 

    More >>

    A Leesburg home is drawing a great deal of attention this holiday season after turning their lawn into a holiday spectacular.  For many people, stopping by the home has become a family tradition. 

    More >>
  • Tifton police investigate Sunday night shooting

    Tifton police investigate Sunday night shooting

    Monday, December 18 2017 3:00 PM EST2017-12-18 20:00:42 GMT
    Address where police responded to shooting (Source: WALB)Address where police responded to shooting (Source: WALB)

    The Tifton police are investigating a shooting that injured a man over the weekend. 

    More >>

    The Tifton police are investigating a shooting that injured a man over the weekend. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly