Tourism Expenditures Increase in Conyers, Rockdale County
According to figures recently released by the U.S. Travel Association who conducted an annual study for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the city of Conyers and Rockdale County held onto its ranking of 29 out of Georgia’s 159 counties in the state in the level of expenditures among tourists in 2016. Expenditures among tourists in the county were up four percent over 2015 figures.
Locally, tourists spent $136 million in Conyers and Rockdale County in fiscal year 2016. The local tourism industry employed 1,346 people. Tourism generated $5.68 million in state taxes and another $3.97 million in local city and county taxes.
The Georgia Department of Economic Development contracted with the U.S. Travel Association to provide economic development figures as it relates to the tourism industry in Georgia. Tourism is a record $60.8 billion industry for the state.
City of Conyers tourism representatives were present at the 2017 Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference on Jekyll Island, October 31-November 2, where the economic impact numbers were highlighted and celebrated by Governor Nathan Deal.
“It is extremely important that we continue investing in our tourism industry, developing innovative programs and working to bring more visitors to our community by focusing on our attractions: the Georgia International Horse Park, Olde Town Conyers, Monastery of the Holy Spirit, Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial, the film industry, and recreational offerings like Cherokee Run Golf Club, the PATH Trail, and Panola Mountain State Park,” said Mayor Randy Mills.
“The Guide to Conyers mobile app that we launched this year has been a great tool in which we can interact with and inform visitors of all there is to see, shop, eat and play in Conyers,” said Haler. “We anticipate reviewing our marketing strategies and implementing new programs and efforts based on information gathered at the state tourism conference.”
The Conyers Convention and Visitors Bureau (CCVB) actively promotes tourism in Conyers. The CCVB is affiliated with the Georgia Convention and Visitors Bureau and co-ops such as Georgia’s Treasures Along I-20, Georgia’s 19-county Historic Heartland Travel Association (HHTA) and Georgia’s Undead Trail, focused on film sites highlighting zombies and vampires. For more information on tourism in Conyers, contact Teri Haler at 770-929-4270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.