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Tourism Development Alliance of Georgia. GACVB Forsyth, GA February 18, 2008. Tourism Day at the Capitol. All 9 RTAs participated in the trade show Joint partnership between GACVB, GDEcD & TDAG Joint Conference Announced Joint Newspaper, courtesy of GDEcD. Policy Priorities.

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tourism development alliance of georgia

Tourism Development Allianceof Georgia


Forsyth, GA

February 18, 2008

tourism day at the capitol

Tourism Day at the Capitol

All 9 RTAs participated in the trade show

Joint partnership between GACVB, GDEcD & TDAG

Joint Conference Announced

Joint Newspaper, courtesy of GDEcD

policy priorities

Policy Priorities

1)Clarify the language in the Georgia code that covers the acceptable uses of the Georgia Hotel/Motel Tax

HB 1094 – by Reps James Mills, Ron Stephens, Butch Parrish, Mickey Channell, Richard Royal & Jay Shaw-

HB 1074 – by Rep Larry O’Neal

HB 1168 – by Rep Larry O’Neal

hb 1094

HB 1094

Grandfathers existing code sections

Definition of DMO

Policy for Bonded Indebtedness

Defines Qualifying Capital Investment Projects

50% of increase required for tourism promotion

Requires entire county delegation to sign legislation

tourism funding

Tourism Funding

2)Increase funding, from $5 million to $15 Million, for the tourism division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development to advertise, market and promote Georgia as a tourist destination

Tourism Foundation Development Committee

Barry White, chair

Members: Peter Bowden, Chuck Jones, Curtis Branscome, Dennis Kelly, Joy Walstrum, Charlie Gatlin, Kevin Langston, Fred Huff & Gilda Waters

tourism funding6

Tourism Funding

Goal: Grow tourism budget by $15 million over 5 years

Measurement: Grow visitor expenditures by $1 billion annually

Action Items:

RFI for consultant

Secondary research

Focus Groups

Develop position statement

Develop business plan with measurements

Increase state investment by $15 in 2010

policy priorities7

Policy Priorities

4)Integration of Georgia’s tourism product development into the state’s overall economic development strategy

HB1193 - State sales and use tax; aquariums; provide exemption

Rep. Mark Burkhalter has introduced this bill to allow the aquarium an exemption on sales tax for construction materials.

HB 1129 – Tourism Development Act

Provides 25% sales tax reimbursement over 10 years for qualifying projects

HB 1088 – Agri-tourism Signage

sponsored by Chairman Butch Parrish and Representatives Ron Stephens, Roger Williams, Vance Smith, Mickey Channell and Earl Ehrhart will provide DOT and GDEcD the ability to develop signage for agricultural tourism attractions. This is in response to your request over the last few years, so please thank our friends for their efforts to address the need for improved signage for our tourists.

other bills of interest

Other Bills of Interest

HB 393 – Direct Shipping

HB 1061 - Wine; state license requirements; direct shipment to Ga. residents; provisions

These bills sponsored by Reps Stephens, Ehrhart, Williams & others would allow any licensed winery, wholesaler or retailer to ship up to 12 cases of wine per Georgia resident per year.

SB 427 & SB 428 – Jekyll Island

Sponsored by Senator Chapman, these bills intend to limit the ability of the Jekyll Island Authority to move forward with a master plan. TDAG has a position of support on a master plan for Jekyll. Please visit

what can you do to help

What Can You Do To Help?

With elected officials

Support them where they live: contribute time and resources

Support Committee Research Tours

Attend Committee Meetings, Board Meetings

Invite them to tourism events or just a cup of coffee

Be a resource

Be an ally

When you need assistance

Joy Walstrum