Georgia Tourism Expenditures Increase 7.6% in 2000

Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from The Georgia Department of Industry, Trade & Tourism

    ATLANTA, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia tourism revenues grew at a
 steady rate of 7.6% last year leading to an economic impact of $16.2 billion.
 The most recent data available for the growth of tourism expenditures
 nationwide indicate that Georgia has exceeded the national average by at least
 3% during the past two years, according to a new study released today by the
 Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism.
     The new study, conducted by Davidson-Peterson Associates, also shows a
 3.6% increase in visitors from 41.55 million in '99 to 43.03 million in 2000.
 The largest gains experienced in Georgia occurred in the spring quarter with
 an increase of 27.3% to 12.86 million visitors.
     The study also shows that while the number of tourists visiting Georgia
 declined during the summer quarter, expenditures shot up by 17.7% indicating a
 positive sign that summer visitors spent more per person per stay this year
 than in past years.
     The FY 2000 report is based on a methodology that aligns Georgia's tourism
 figures with those widely accepted by the Travel Industry Association of
 America.  As a result, GDITT is better able to assess how Georgia stacks up to
 the rest of the nation.
     "This new study shows that Georgia is not only moving in the right
 direction, but that our tourism industry is outpacing the nation and that is
 good news," said Robert Morris, Director of Communications for GDITT.
     The figures reveal tourism expenditures as well as the number of jobs,
 businesses and wages for five key segments of the tourism sector. These
 segments are: lodging, food and drink, recreation, transportation and
 shopping.  The results have been tabulated by state, regional and county
 levels with quarterly trends available for seasonal analysis.
     The complete results of the FY2000 Davidson-Peterson Economic Impact
 Report will be available online at www.georgia.org .
     The Georgia Department of Industry, Trade & Tourism is the state's sales
 and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment,
 encouraging the expansion of existing industry, locating new markets for
 Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, promoting the state as a
 location for film and video projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state
 resources for economic development.
 
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SOURCE The Georgia Department of Industry, Trade & Tourism
    ATLANTA, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia tourism revenues grew at a
 steady rate of 7.6% last year leading to an economic impact of $16.2 billion.
 The most recent data available for the growth of tourism expenditures
 nationwide indicate that Georgia has exceeded the national average by at least
 3% during the past two years, according to a new study released today by the
 Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism.
     The new study, conducted by Davidson-Peterson Associates, also shows a
 3.6% increase in visitors from 41.55 million in '99 to 43.03 million in 2000.
 The largest gains experienced in Georgia occurred in the spring quarter with
 an increase of 27.3% to 12.86 million visitors.
     The study also shows that while the number of tourists visiting Georgia
 declined during the summer quarter, expenditures shot up by 17.7% indicating a
 positive sign that summer visitors spent more per person per stay this year
 than in past years.
     The FY 2000 report is based on a methodology that aligns Georgia's tourism
 figures with those widely accepted by the Travel Industry Association of
 America.  As a result, GDITT is better able to assess how Georgia stacks up to
 the rest of the nation.
     "This new study shows that Georgia is not only moving in the right
 direction, but that our tourism industry is outpacing the nation and that is
 good news," said Robert Morris, Director of Communications for GDITT.
     The figures reveal tourism expenditures as well as the number of jobs,
 businesses and wages for five key segments of the tourism sector. These
 segments are: lodging, food and drink, recreation, transportation and
 shopping.  The results have been tabulated by state, regional and county
 levels with quarterly trends available for seasonal analysis.
     The complete results of the FY2000 Davidson-Peterson Economic Impact
 Report will be available online at www.georgia.org .
     The Georgia Department of Industry, Trade & Tourism is the state's sales
 and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment,
 encouraging the expansion of existing industry, locating new markets for
 Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, promoting the state as a
 location for film and video projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state
 resources for economic development.
 
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