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.
In order to assist communities across Georgia with meeting the growing demands of this travel trend undefined the Georgia Tourism division will focus on culinary during 2015. The state's tourism website, ExploreGeorgia.org now includes a complete list of dining options through a partnership with the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA). More than 12,000 Georgia restaurants can be found on the site by location, cuisine or type of restaurant. Research shows that dining consistently ranks high on the list of amenities travelers want to experience when visiting Georgia. In 2013, 27 percent of overnight trips included fine dining and 20 percent included unique local restaurants. The new additions to ExploreGeorgia.org make it easy for visitors to find the rich culinary experiences they are seeking.
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