The just-released Economic Impact Of Travel In Georgia Study shows Carroll as the county with visitor spending being the fourth-largest in the seventeen-county Northwest Georgia Region.
Executive Director of The Carrollton-Area Convention And Visitors Bureau Jonathan Dorsey showed that visitors spent $157M in Carroll last year, nearly 4-percent more than the previous year.
Quoting the study, Dorsey says tourism also created and/or supported 1350 jobs in Carroll County last year, a 3 1/2 % increase over 2015.
He says all that visitor spending generated almost $11 million in state and local taxes, which is effectively $273 of tax relief per Carroll household.
"Tourism is one of the most collaborative industries... because it really takes the combined efforts of everybody from restaurants to lodging to attractions to government to private business... retail, service industry..." Dorsey explained. "Just about everybody in a community working together to produce the types of tourism results that we are seeing in these numbers for our community."
Dorsey insists that without the hospitality shown by county residents to visitors, it would be difficult to be successful in the tourism ranks.
"I've been the visitor's bureau director here for 19 years. And I grew up here. This is my hometown. I am always extraordinarily pleased and proud of all of our community because it seems everyone is willing to be a hospitality ambassador to visitors," he says. "Our community certainly welcomes company."
The newly released study shows that Cherokee County (Canton, Woodstock and Lake Allatoona) pulled in the most tourism dollars in the Northwest Georgia Region In 2016.
Carroll County at number four brought in more tourism dollars than Floyd County (Rome) according to the new study.