Atlanta as a tourist destination sees a lot of growth this year

Published on : Tuesday, July 11, 2017

AtlantaMetro Atlanta’s popularity as a tourist destination has went up a lot this year, according to a study by a company that tracks bookings and searches.

 
During the last three months this year compared to the same period last year, demand for Atlanta stays was up 24.2 percent. About 51 million people came to visit metro Atlanta last year.

 
Majority of the tourists to Atlanta came from elsewhere in the United States. The most common state of origin was Georgia, which accounted for roughly 40 percent of visitors. Visitors also came from Florida, California, Illinois and Michigan. About 1.2 million visitors came from outside the United States, according to Tourism Economics and the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 
The United Kingdom sends the most visitors to Atlanta, according to the survey.
Leisure and hospitality is a sizeable part of the metro Atlanta economy: about 300,000 people work in the sector, up 3.3 percent from a year ago, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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