Georgia is quickly becoming recognized as one of the nation's top travel destinations. In fact, last year the tourism industry achieved record-breaking results generating $53.6 billion in economic impact. The impact of the industry goes beyond the direct spending of visitors; it provides employment opportunities for more than 411,000 Georgians across the state. This means that 10.2 percent of all workers in Georgia are employed because of one of the state's leading industries. The rising economic impact of this industry not only provides revenue and jobs, but it impacts nearly every community in Georgia.