Tourism drives significant business growth and increased revenue for companies operating in Georgia. A $59 billion industry for the state, the gem of the South enjoys a proven, commercial appeal of southern sensibilities and modern possibilities.

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Visitors to Georgia’s tourism destinations have easy access to an advanced transportation infrastructure that is unrivaled anywhere else in the country. Georgia’s top-ranked roads put visitors in reach of nearly limitless tourism opportunities in metro Atlanta and throughout the state, including mountains, beaches, canyons, waterfalls, parks, forests, vineyards, professional sports teams and Southern cuisine from award-winning chefs.


  • 102.36 million domestic travelers in 2015 (75% for leisure; 25% for business)
  • Top domestic markets: Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Indiana, Ohio, New York and Texas
  • 998,000 overseas visitors
  • International visitor spending increased to $3 billion in 2015
  • Overseas travel to the U.S. is projected to increase by 35% between 2014 and 2020.


Businesses in Georgia’s tourism industry will:

  • Ensure high consumer and business traffic by positioning themselves at the crossroads of north-south and east-west travel in North America
  • Lower operating costs with electrical power costs well below the national average
  • Establish operations in a proven consumer and business market that generates a strong and steady flow of in-state, out-of-state, and international tourism visits
  • Rely on Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s most traveled and most efficient airport
  • Utilize nine Regional Tourism Project Managers for assistance and expertise
  • Have professional tourism specialists greet more than 13 million visitors at Georgia’s front porch, our 12 visitor information centers
  • Post special offers on the state’s tourism website and the mobile travel guide
  • Promote destinations or services through the Georgia Travel Guide, Georgia Eats culinary guide, more than 10 social media platforms, Group Tour Planner, 1-800 VISIT GA,, mobile travel guide, press releases, domestic and international trade shows, state-wide advertising campaigns, e-newsletters and more


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The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Tourism Division, through its network of regional and international representatives, the Atlanta office, and several visitor information centers statewide, assists the state’s communities and attractions in drawing potential travelers to their areas, and helps individual visitors and groups discover Georgia’s unique vacation options.

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explore-georgia-2016Georgia’s official tourism website includes great travel ideas and trip planning tools. All you need to find great vacation experiences, places to stay, activities and dining in Georgia is at your fingertips. We’ve pulled together information about events, attractions, special offers, hotels, bed and breakfast inns and restaurants all in one place.

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Georgia’s Civil War Sesquicentennial site commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Georgia. We encourage you to explore our site and learn about the many unique Civil War events and attractions found only in Georgia. We can also help you plan a great trip that includes or is dedicated to Georgia’s Civil War history.

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Tour Georgia Film is our official site dedicated to film, TV and music travel in Georgia. We’ve got movie tours, travel tips, photo galleries, articles, events and festivals to share with fans. Come explore Georgia’s booming entertainment industry and walk in the footsteps of your favorite actors and musicians.

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