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Dawson tourism generates record economic impact in 2017

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Dawson County direct tourist spending increased by more than $2 million since 2016 to a total of $52.39 million, according to Dawson County Chamber of Commerce President Christie Moore. The state's tourism industry generated a record-breaking $63.2 billion in economic impact in 2017, an increase of 3.8 percent over last year, according to the U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Economics.

Tourism activity in Dawson County—including shopping at the North Georgia Premium Outlets, visiting Amicalola Falls, pumpkin picking at Burt’s Farm and karting at Atlanta Motorsports Park—generated $1.47 million in local tax revenue and supported 507 jobs, Moore said.

Each Dawson County household would need to be taxed an additional $462 per year to replace taxes generated by tourism economic activity, according to Moore.

Along with Tourism and Events Director Dustin Heard, Moore met with legislators to encourage continued support of the state’s tourism industry. The pair were among numerous tourism leaders that presented newly-elected Georgia Governor Brian Kemp with a check representing the $3.2 billion in state and local tax revenues generated by tourism-related expenditures in 2017.

“We are proud to champion the economic impact of tourism in our local community,” said Moore. “We will continue to market Dawsonville and Dawson County as a top tourism destination in Georgia and will work to ensure that each year is a record-breaking year.”

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