Athens CVB commemorate the success of the tourism sector

Published on : Tuesday, October 24, 2017

indexOver $290 million the visitors in Athens-Clarke County used up and generated over $20 million in state and in terms of local tax revenue last year, as per the figures expressed by the United States Travel Association.


In comparison to 2016, these numbers are a 3.9 percent rise and evidence that the tourism sector is flourishing in Athens, as explained by the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Chuck Jones.


Furthermore, Jones at the CVB’s annual meeting and awards ceremony at the Classic Center also talked about the advantages of Athens tourism on Tuesday. The event emphasized the influence of economy on Athens tourism. It was attended by over 100 business owners and representatives, associated with the Athens hospitality industry. The event identified the individuals who created a positive and lasting impression on the Athens-Clarke County visitor experience.


Jones explained that tourism in Athens is a sector “that creates jobs and provides tax revenue for the city,” and the numbers prove it.


Besides hundreds of millions of dollars in outside spending and the $20 million in tax monies, the tourism sector additionally helped in creating over 2,740 jobs in Athens, turning it the third largest industry in Athens, as reported by CVB.


Jones added that those tax dollars created direct influence on the taxpayers in Athens and succeeded in saving about $465 per year in terms of taxes.


Jones also said that the money that tourism ushers in is anticipated to increase, credit goes to the inclusion of over 500 hotel rooms in Athens, a figure he says is a 25 percent rise from the current amount of hotel rooms.


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