A year from now tourism numbers for Georgia and the rest of the nation figure to have taken a major hit.  Luckily though 2019 was a big year for the industry, as Jay Markwalter can attest.

Markwalter is the executive director of the Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus, which advocates for the state’s 80+ tourism bureaus and thus the industry as a whole.  That $66 billion industry turned into $3.4 billion in local and state tax revenues last year, serving as a core revenue stream for a state that has boomed in recent years.

While coronavirus has put the industry on hold, its strong backbone in the state remains and under Markwalter’s watch sunny skies should be in its future.

Learn more about Georgia’s tourism industry and its big 2019 below:


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