Tourism leaders talked about top legislative priorities for 2018

Published on : Friday, November 17, 2017

indexFor the General Assembly 2018, making the visitors and businesses feel at home in Georgia with warm welcome remains the top priority in the list. Local and state tourism leaders on Thursday assembled to request the elected officials to support their work.


To quote Michel Owens, president and CEO of the Tourism Leadership Council, who was joined by Morgan Law, executive director of the Georgia Travel Association for the TLC’s last luncheon of the year, “legislation is a big part of what the (Georgia Travel Association) works with and with other organizations to advocate for our industry. It’s been a fearful couple of years with things like (The Religious Freedom Restoration Act), bathroom bills being introduced like we’ve seen in North Carolina and other bills that could be extraordinarily damaging to all businesses across the state of Georgia, but especially those areas where tourism has a large presence.”


Morgan Law explained that the target of the state organization since forming two years ago was to be safeguarding Georgia and its image. Both men said not an single business sector in the state would be barred from the negative impacts a “religious freedom or liberty” bill would have.


The bills fundamentally would authorize faith-based organizations to refute services to people who infringe their religious beliefs and let employers remove employees who aren’t in line with their doctrine.


“It’s really is a solution looking for a problem,” said Law of the bills flattering Gov. Nathan Deal, who vetoed a religious liberty bill last year explaining that the bill was lacking in terms of Georgia’s welcoming image as a state with warm, friendly and loving people.


“In my career, I cannot think of more dangerous legislation that has ever seen the light of day in the State house,” Owens said.


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