Published on : Thursday, October 26, 2017
“There’s a lot (happening) on the tourism front in our state,” said Kevin Langston. “And you all in Gwinnett are right in the center of it.”
Langston holds the position of deputy commissioner for tourism with the Georgia Department of Economic Development. He talked about the growing positive trend of tourism in Gwinnett County to a congregation of community leaders gathered for the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s On Topic luncheon on Wednesday.
Last year, tourism in Georgia churned out a record-breaking $16.1 billion in terms of business sales. Langston mentioned that was up 3.5 percent.
Gwinnett witnessed that increase in tourist-generated dollars, as well. In 2016, visitors spent around $1.28 billion in the county. Langston explained that each Gwinnett resident would have had to shell out an extra $340 in terms of taxes over the year to make the same amount of revenue that visitors pumped into the county’s economy last year.
“That’s money that was was brought in by tourists who then went home and left their money here to pay for roads, bridges, schools, teachers — among other things,” he said. “So it’s a huge industry for us.”
The film and television industry of Georgia had immensely contributed behind the steady growth of tourism, which have been utilizing the state as backdrop more frequently in the last couple of years.