The Georgia Department of Economic Development, Tourism Division announced today that the tourism industry generated $118.95 million in direct, domestic traveler expenditures in Liberty County in 2018, according to U.S. Travel Association, according to a press release.
This is an increase of $2.83 million from 2017, which generated $116.12 million.
The study made available through Explore Georgia, the state tourism office within the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), reported the tourism industry created $5.11 million in state tax revenues and generated $3.76 million in local tax revenues for Liberty County and its cities in 2018.
Each household in Liberty County would need to be taxed an additional $382 per year to replace taxes generated by tourism activity, the press release said.
The industry also supported more than 609 jobs and created $16.12 million in payroll for the county.
In 2018, the unemployment rate in Liberty County was 4.3 percent. Without the jobs supported by the tourism industry, it would have been 6.7 percent, according to the release.
“Georgia’s tourism industry continues to break records each year. In 2018, we welcomed 111.7 million visitors to Georgia, and these visitors spent $36.9 billion in the state,” said Pat Wilson, commissioner of GDEcD. “As visitors and residents continue to discover our inspiring destinations from the mountains to the coast, the tourism industry’s impact will grow throughout the state and be felt in every county, city, town, and community.”
“We’re pleased to see that visitor spending in Liberty County is continuing in an upward trend,” said LCCVB CEO, Leah Poole. “The information we receive each year acknowledges the positive influence tourism has on our local economy.”
Explore Georgia, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, is the state’s official destination marketing organization.
Through its home office in Atlanta, 11 visitor information centers, and a network of representatives across the globe, Explore Georgia inspires travel to and within the state. The division works to advance Georgia’s $66.3 billion tourism industry that supports 478,000 jobs. As home to the biggest cities in the region, the most diverse population, and a geographical range from the mountains to the beach, Georgia has the South’s most unexpected sights and stories. Learn more at ExploreGeorgia.org.