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Dawson County tourism industry breaks economic impact records
Tourist pending up to $52 million in 2017
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From left: State Rep. Kevin Tanner, Dawson County Chamber of Commerce President Christie Moore and Tourism and Events Director Dustin Heard pose with the 2019 Georgia Travel Guide cover, which was unveiled at Tourism, Hospitality & Arts Day Feb. 5 at the state capitol. - photo by For the Dawson County News

A press release from the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce reports that 2017 was a record-breaking year for the economic impact of tourism in Dawson County and in the state of Georgia.

Numbers released during the Tourism, Hospitality and Arts Day Feb. 5 at the state capitol show that direct tourist spending in Dawson County increased by more than $2 million from 2016 to 2017, with a total of $52.39 million spent in 2017.

The release states that tourism activity in Dawson County including shopping at the North Georgia Premium Outlets, zip lining at Amicalola Falls, picking pumpkins at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm and go-karting at Atlanta Motorsports Park generated $1.47 million in local tax revenue and supported 507 jobs.

“Each Dawson County household would need to be taxed an additional $462 per year to replace taxes generated by tourism economic activity,” the release states.

According to the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics, the state’s tourism industry saw a similarly record-breaking amount in 2017 with $63.2 billion generated, an increase of 3.8 percent over 2016.

According to the release, Dawson County Chamber of Commerce President Christie Moore and Tourism and Events Director Dustin Heard attended the Feb. 5 event in Atlanta, which brings hospitality and arts industry professionals from across the state together to celebrate the economic impact that tourism has on Georgia.

Moore and Heard were among tourism leaders who represented Gov. Brian Kemp with a check that represented the $3.2 billion in state and local tax revenues generated by tourism-related expenditures in 2017.

“We are proud to champion the economic impact of tourism in our local community,” Moore said. “We will continue to market Dawsonville and Dawson County as a top tourism destination in Georgia, and will work to ensure that each year is a record-breaking year.”

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and Office of Tourism Development market more than 40 local accommodations, attractions and restaurants in Dawson County with the goal to attract visitors to Dawson County and increase investment in the local economy.

To learn more about tourism in Dawson County visit www.dawson.org.