The Union Recorder

May 15, 2013

Travel writers tour local sites this week


Special to The U-R

MILLEDGEVILLE — Georgia’s Lake Country is gearing up to host the state’s 2013 Georgia Travel Media Marketplace event this week. The event, which is held for travel writers, runs from Thursday to Saturday. 

Nestled on the shores of Lake Oconee and Lake Sinclair, up to 30 travel writers from the United States and Canada will explore Eatonton, Greensboro, Madison and Milledgeville. Travel writers will also have the opportunity to meet with representatives from around the state during the marketplace to learn about the state’s tourism destinations, attractions and events.

“Travel Media Marketplace is an opportunity to bring travel media to Georgia’s tourism destinations and share story ideas,” said Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner for Tourism for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “Georgia’s Lake Country will showcase contemporary and modern amenities, but with the true history and heritage of the South.”

While in Milledgeville attendees will visit sites such as Andalusia, Sallie Ellis Davis House, Old Governor’s Mansion and the Old Capitol Building. In addition, writers will be able to experience the unique dining and shopping establishments as well as hidden gems Milledgeville has to offer.

Travel media will meet with the host communities as well as Georgia’s regional tourism representatives, regional travel associations and Georgia’s State Parks, during the Marketplace. The writers will then depart on one of three themed familiarization tours around the state through May 21.

Travel Media Marketplace is jointly hosted by the Georgia Tourism Division and the host communities to showcase Georgia’s tourism assets first hand. Past Marketplace events have been held in Savannah; Athens; Macon; Atlanta; Hiawassee; Augusta; LaGrange and Coweta County; Blue Ridge and Ellijay; and Statesboro and Vidalia.

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