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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 04/30/13
Atlanta Reaches Milestone with 40 Million Visitors in 2012
ACVB launches 40 million thanks social media campaign
ATLANTA - Mayor Kasim Reed joined Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) President and CEO William Pate today to announce that Atlanta welcomed 40.4 million visitors last year. This new record puts Atlanta on par with cities such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Diego.
“Tourism is one of the top economic drivers for Atlanta and it’s an industry that continues to thrive,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “We are proud that Atlanta welcomed more than 40 million visitors in 2012 and with all of the exciting development occurring in our city, this number will continue to grow.”
To mark the 40 million visitor milestone, ACVB has launched a social media campaign asking residents of metro Atlanta to say thank you by using the hashtag #ATLthanks.
“Atlanta’s tourism industry has come a long way,” said William Pate, President and CEO of ACVB. “We have experienced incredible growth and solidified our place as a top destination for visitors, but this is only the beginning.”
Visitation has increased by 28 percent over the past decade alongside more than $5 billion in new attractions, restaurants and hotels in the same period. The increase has pushed Atlanta to become one of the top destinations for travelers from across the U.S.
Atlanta’s hospitality industry looks to continue this growth by opening another $2.5 billion in development by 2017. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, College Football Hall of Fame and the Atlanta Streetcar are all slated to open in downtown Atlanta during 2014, further bolstering the city’s offering to tourists.
Ponce City Market and Buckhead Atlanta will also bring two unique shopping experiences to the city and continued development on the Atlanta BeltLine will offer new options to explore the city’s vibrant neighborhoods and districts. In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons will move to a new, retractable roof stadium that will support the city’s thriving hospitality and tourism industry.
The hospitality industry supports more than 223,000 jobs and has a direct economic impact of more than $12 billion annually in Atlanta.
Domestic visitation estimates are produced by D.K. Shifflet & Associates Ltd., a best-in-class travel research firm, specializing in consumer-based travel data on U.S. residents and their travel.
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