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Tourist dollars up in county in 2011

POSTED: March 3, 2013 9:41 a.m.

Liberty County saw an uptick in tourism spending in 2011, according to recently released numbers from the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
According to a news release from the Liberty County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the county had $94.48 million in direct tourism spending, which was up $7.82 million from 2010. Direct spending generated $2.82 million in local tax revenues and $3.26 million in state taxes. On an average day, tourists in Liberty County spent $258, 846 on tourism-related expenses, which helps support the 560 jobs.
“The Liberty County tourism industry showed positive gains in 2011, and we’re continuing to see that momentum build in 2013,” said Flemington Mayor Sandra Martin, who also is the LCCVB board chairwoman.
The statewide economic impact of tourism was $49 billion and more than 400,000 jobs supported.
For more information, go to the tourism industry research page at www.georgia.org or contact the CVB by calling 368-3580 or by emailing tourism@libertycounty.org.

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