Gov. Nathan Deal has announced the state Department of Economic Development has awarded more than $178,000 in grants to 13 agencies promoting fine arts and tourism throughout the state. Deal said Wednesday the Georgia Council for the Arts is distributing the funding as part of the state's Tourism Product Development Agreement program.
A tourist train running on the tracks of the old St. Marys Railroad is scheduled to fire up its locomotive and start bringing passengers aboard next month. St. Marys Mayor Bill Deloughy says he hopes the train rides will boost tourism in the area.
Three Savannah non-profits are joining forces to promote heritage tourism in an off-the-beaten-path part of Chatham County. The Pin Point Heritage Museum, Bethesda Academy and Ossabaw Island Foundation announced a partnership on Friday to share expertise and resources.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has announced the city hosted more than 40 million visitors last year, and the record puts Atlanta on par with Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Diego. Reed made the announcement during a press conference Tuesday afternoon, and said tourism is one of Atlanta's primary economic drivers.
After years of declining attendance, the Historic Westville living history museum in Lumpkin might relocate to an urban area to try to attract more tourists. The chairman of Westville's executive board says they hope to have a location chosen within six months.
This year's Georgia Travel Guide was unveiled Tuesday by Gov. Nathan Deal. The state is publishing 750,000 copies of the magazine-sized guidebook. A Georgia city featured as a filming location in the TV show "The Walking Dead" is featured on the cover.
The sale of a former Georgia Power plant to a boutique hotel owner is another sign of economic recovery in Savannah. Orlando-based developer Richard Kessler this week bought the former industrial building on the city's historic waterfront. A historic preservationist says he's optimistic about what can become of the site in part because of Kessler's track record for historically-appropriate development and the building's location.
Savannah City Council has rescheduled a vote on whether to allow double-decker bus tours to begin operating downtown. The business group looking to start the tours has asked for time to consult with the city's Tourism Advisory Committee.
The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon will be keeping Savannah on its tour schedule through 2016. Marathon organizers and Savannah tourism officials announced a three-year extension of their contract agreement Wednesday. Last month they held the second road race in a three-year deal.
Tourism officials on Georgia's coast say tax revenue indicates that Tybee Island experienced a record summer. Statistics from Visit Savannah show that bed tax revenue rose 8.2 percent for the months of June, July and August 2012 over the same period last year.