Media release: The Georgia’s Rome Office of Tourism released the 2018 Annual Report and the statistics are strong for Floyd County. The report shows an increase of more than 5.9% year over year increase in tourism spending throughout the county.
The tourism office reports a study from the U.S. Travel Association shows tourists spent $158,850,000 ($435,205 per day) in Floyd County during 2017, the most recent year that results are available. Also,, the tourism industry supported 1,409 jobs throughout the service and hospitality industries. Travelers to Rome and Floyd County generated $6.44 million in state tax revenue and $4.6 million in local tax revenue.
Also, sport, group and event business that the tourism office directly assisted with generated $19,227,332; a 9% increase over 2017.
Events with the most economic impact included the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show, Jehovah’s Witness Conference and multiple tournaments including the USATF Region 4 Jr Olympic Track & Field, USTA Georgia Adult League Championships and USTA Georgia Bowl National Level 3 Tournament.
In addition to economic impact, the report highlights top achievements accomplished by the tourism office including: hosting 21 public tours; launching the Ramblin’ Rome Mobile Welcome Center; transporting 13,317 passengers in Downtown Rome on the free Roman Chariot service; and representing 101 local artists and makers at Georgia’s Rome Gift Shop events.
View Report: Annual Report