Tourism Can Help the Athens Economy Recover | Flagpole

Tourism Can Help the Athens Economy Recover | Flagpole

Each May for the past 38 years, National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) has celebrated the contributions of the travel industry. This May, after travel ground to a halt during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are more aware than ever of the incredible value the industry brings not just to our local economy and workforce, but also to our community’s identity and culture. 

Residents and visitors alike delight in visits to the Georgia Museum of Art, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, our award-winning parks, eclectic dining scene and, of course, sports and live music. Visitors help support these attractions and hallmarks of our quality of life here in Athens, generating tax revenues and jobs. In order to recover completely from the impact of the pandemic, it is critical for Athens to rebuild its hospitality sector and restore the jobs and economic impact this industry supports.

Before the pandemic, visitors to Athens spent over $350 million per year and supported over…

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