Are you ready to improve your local tourism industry?

  • Archway Partnership communities have access to the full range of UGA resources that can assist them in developing and implementing tourism plans including marketing plans, public relations campaigns, location design, historical preservation, grant writing, and other tools.
  • The SBDC provides assistance to businesses interested in improving their marketing and merchandising focused on tourists. Marketing research assistance to communities can also help identify additional business opportunities to help enhance the tourist experience and capture more spending.
  • The Vinson Institute conducts financial reviews of local tourist draws to help them understand their revenues and expenditures and find ways to operate in a financially sustainable way.

    Contact: Rob Gordon

  • In FY12, guests visiting The Georgia Center contributed an estimated $4,218,262 to the Athens-Clarke County economy. These guests stayed at the Georgia Center while attending conferences, meetings, special events, and sporting events. While in Athens, they dined in local restaurants, shopped at retail businesses, participated in tours, and visited local attractions.

    Contact: Dianne Satterfield

  • MAREX promotes tourism to coastal Georgia through public visits to the aquarium; family vacations built around summer camp sessions; year-round public programs that provide learning experiences on coastal waters and remote barrier islands and residential school groups from out of town.

    Contact: Anne Lindsay

  • Every year, MAREX and Georgia Sea Grant provide approximately 3,000 free coastal fishing maps to interested anglers, promoting tourism and recreational fishing in six coastal counties.

    Contact: Lisa Gentit

  • Georgia Sea Grant and MAREX support coastal eco-tourism by developing barrier island nature tours and increasing awareness of Georgia’s coastal attractions to inland audiences through musical performances and art exhibits.

    Contact: Jill Gambill