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State takes note of tourisms impact
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Gov. Nathan Deal highlighted the vital role the tourism industry plays in Georgia’s economic prosperity at Tuesday’s annual Tourism, Hospitality and Arts Day at the state Capitol.

Representatives from the tourism, hospitality and arts industry presented Deal with a check representing the $1.361 billion in state tax revenue generated from tourism-related expenditures in 2012.

“Tourism is a powerful jobs and economic development generator in almost every community in Georgia,” said Deal. “With more than $51 billion in economic impact, Georgia’s tourism industry provides employment for more than 405,000 Georgians — 10 percent of the state’s payroll workforce.”

Deal also unveiled the new 2014 annual Georgia Travel Guide. This full-color, magazine-size guide features one of Georgia’s most recognizable icons, “Gone With the Wind.”

The guide provides visitors with information on Georgia’s tourism assets including trip ideas, attractions, accommodations, events and more. Nearly 700,000 guides are distributed through the state’s 11 visitor information centers,, travel and trade shows and 1-800-VISIT GA.

The state Department of Economic Development partnered with Atlanta Magazine Custom Media, publisher of Atlanta Magazine and Southbound Magazine, on the official state publication.