State launching revised tourism site in Cartersville
by Jessica Loeding
Apr 25, 2014 | 631 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Georgia Department of Economic Development next week will roll out its revised consumer tourism website for the northwest Georgia region in Cartersville.

Held at the Clarence Brown Conference Center at 11 a.m. Tuesday, the launch of ExploreGeorgia.org is open to tourism industry leaders from the area.

Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau Deputy Director Regina Wheeler said the agency was honored to host the unveiling for the region.

“I think that the Clarence Brown Conference Center lends itself to an ideal location for those traveling from across the northwestern corner of the state. With easy access to [Interstate] 75, it is a win-win for both GDEcD and their regional tourism partners,” she said.

Listed as part of the site’s Historic High Country category, Bartow County ranks in the top 16 percent in terms of economic impact from tourism.

“In the most recent impact study conducted by GDEcD, Bartow County ranks 22nd in Georgia in its economic impact from tourism, behind popular coastal destinations and metro Atlanta,” Wheeler said. “The county is blessed with many popular attractions, convenient recreational sites, a world-class resort and a fascinating history.”

The event is open to anyone affiliated with the tourism business — attractions, hotels and campgrounds — or those currently marketed through ExploreGeorgia.org or interested in being marketed through the site. Registration is requested by calling Janet Cochran, Historic High Country Tourism Project Manager, at 706-516-0287.

“The website is vital as a first step for those planning a visit to Georgia. It is a free service of the GDEcD and also serves as the primary database for creation of annual Georgia travel publications. In addition, it is the primary resource for all Georgia Visitor Information Centers,” Wheeler said.

Additional launch meetings will be held at locations in each of Georgia’s travel regions.