Georgia Visitor Center Event on May 13, 2011

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There is no reason to fear Friday the 13th. Actually, May 13, 2011, is the day when the Georgia Visitors Center celebrate travel and tourism with a special event called “Georgia on My Mind Day”. This special day is hosted by the Georgia Visitor Center located at I-95N @ Exit 1 include a variety of activites and fun. Come to the visitor center for live entertainment, cokes, hot dogs, popcorn, rock shrimp, crawfish etouffee, cookies, arts and craft demonstrations, drawings, giveaways, and exhibitions. The event begins at 11:00 AM and will last throughout the early afternoon. During the Georgia On My Mind Day rally, the City of Kingsland will be conducting the Annual Royal Arrest with a special appearance by the City’s Royal Mascot, Kingsley the Lion.¬†Georgia On My Mind Days, sponsored by the Georgia Department of Economic Development, are celebrated around the state by the tourism industry and communities to increase the awareness and celebrate travel and tourism’s economic impact to Georgia. During these annual events, the community and tourism partners are able to showcase to area visitors the southern hospitality Georgia is known for.

Travel is a major contributor to our local economy and to mark this year’s National Travel & Tourism Week, the KCVB is joining hundreds of travel entities throughout the country in a rally to highlight travel’s significant contributions on the local and national economy and illustrate why travel matters in a vocal and visible way. The goal of this traditional campaign is to create a greater appreciation of travel and tourism’s impact on our local economy and the more than 10 million workers nationwide whose jobs depend on travel. Let’s shine a spotlight on this vital industry and its benefits to our community.

“Tourism is a powerful jobs and economic development generator in almost every community in Georgia, ” said Kevin Langston, Deputy Commissioner for Tourism for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “National Tourism Week is great opportunity to draw attention to the importance of the tourism industry to both visitors and Georgians.”

As part of the National Travel & Tourism Week celebration, the Kingsland CVB will host a grassroots awareness campaign to communicate the positive impact the travel sector has on residents of our community. In Camden County, travel is a significant sector of our economy generating $73.25 million in direct visitor expenditures while creating $2.26 million in local tax revenues. On a state level, travel generated $34.8 billion in total economic impact (direct, indirect and induced), $19 billion spent direct by visitors and this spending generated $850.6 million in state tax revenue benefiting every Georgia household $518 in state and local tax savings.




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