The Union Recorder

May 8, 2013

National Travel and Tourism Week makes positive impact locally

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Milledgeville-Baldwin County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) encourage citizens and tourists to visit local museums and historic sites during the 30th annual National Travel and Tourism Week.

“This week demonstrates in human terms the value of travel to the local community. Employees from major sectors of the travel industry come together in a show of support for the jobs and economic impact created by visitors,” said Linda Bailey, local CVB tourism and events coordinator. “We’re so fortunate to have such a rich history here in Milledgeville. I really encourage Milledgeville and Baldwin County citizens to come and take advantage of touring their own hometown.”

Through Saturday, free historic trolley tours are being offered from 10 a.m. to noon, and from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The tours are on a first-come-first-serve basis. The Old Governor’s Mansion is also offering tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Saturday and from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday for $7 plus tax per person. 

“Georgia’s Old Capital Museum is offering discounted tickets. Andalusia and Lockerly Arboretum are based on donations and will be open during regular hours,” Bailey said. “This is a great opportunity since it is National Tourism Week to visit these museums and sites.”

Based on the latest study conducted by Southeast Tourism Society, tourist activity in Baldwin County generated $59 million in direct tourist spending, as well as produced $13 million in worker income and paychecks, $1.8 million in local Baldwin County tax revenues, $2 million in Georgia tax revenue and generated 690 jobs.

“We’ve started seeing a rise in travelers coming through Milledgeville since the economic downturn which has had a positive impact in our community,” Bailey said. “Just in the last month alone, we’ve had people come through this office who were from 11 different countries and 31 different states.”

According to the U.S. Travel Association, National Travel and Tourism Week is annually recognized during the first full week in May. The tradition was established when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1983 designating the week to be celebrated in May. In a White House ceremony, President Ronald Reagan signed a Presidential Proclamation urging citizens to observe the week with “the appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

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