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Two of Georgia's Favorite Mountain Lodges Complete a Multi-Million Dollar Renovation
The Lodge at Amicalola Falls & The Lodge & Conference Center at Unicoi State Park are Now Welcoming Guests with New Amenities & Services
January 16, 2015 16:08 ET | Source: Lodge at Amicalola & Lodge at Unicoi
DAWSONVILLE, Ga. and HELEN, Ga., Jan. 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Coral Hospitality, the hospitality management company appointed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to operate The Lodge at Amicalola Falls and The Lodge and Conference Center at Unicoi State Park, announces the completion of multi-million dollar renovations at each of these iconic North Georgia lodges. Read More

Governor Deal Recognizes Dawson County Tourism Achievements
Dawsonville, September 8, 2014: On September 5th, Governor Nathan Deal presented the Dawson County Office of Tourism Development, along with the Dahlonega-Lumpkin Chamber and Visitors Bureau and the Historic Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Paul Broun Award for Marketing Initiatives in recognition of the “Mansions, Moonshine and Gold Mines” promotion that was created for group tour operators. Read More   Additional information about the Mansions, Moonshine, and Goldmines Tour can be found by visiting:

 North Georgia Corn Maze Carves Out American Civil War Tribute (Opens September 13 in Dawson County) ...Read More

Etowah River Paddle Trip Will Raise Funds to Build 163-Mile Boating Trail ... Read More

Tourism Day at the Georgia State Capitol

Dawsonville, February 2, 2014: On January 28th, Dawson County Office of Tourism Development President Christie Haynes joined tourism professionals from across Georgia at Tourism, Hospitality & Arts Day at the Georgia Capitol.  In addition to a ceremony with the Governor and Commissioner of Economic Development (the department under which tourism falls in the state of Georgia), Tourism Day gives tourism professionals the opportunity to meet with their legislators and discuss issues that directly impact their industry.

In the morning kickoff ceremony, the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Chris Carr and Governor Nathan Deal unveiled the cover of the 2014 Georgia Travel Guide.  The cover features a tribute to Gone with the Wind in celebration of the movie’s 75th anniversary.  Commissioner Carr spoke to the enormous economic impact of tourism and the arts in Georgia citing that close to 1 billion dollars per week is generated in the state’s economy due to this industry.  A check displaying the 2013 state taxes collected due to tourism was presented to the Governor.

Members of the Northeast Georgia Travel Association which represents 16 counties including Dawson gathered after the ceremony to deliver baskets with goodies from all represented counties to their legislators.  This provided an excellent opportunity to update legislators on the tourism impact in their communities. 

State Senator Steve Gooch, who represents Dawson County, poses with the actors portraying Rhett and Scarlett at Tourism, Hospitality & Arts Day at the Capitol.

Members of the Hospitality Highway group (which includes Dawsonville) pose with the check that was presented to the Governor illustrating the taxes received by the Georgia Department of Revenue due to the tourism and hospitality industry.

"It was a privilege to attend and help further the message that tourism is economic development.” Said President Christie Haynes, “ We’re very blessed in our community to be represented by Senator Steve Gooch, Speaker David Ralston, and Representative Kevin Tanner- legislators who truly understand the impact of tourism on our community.”


Dawson County Tourism - New Name, New Look

Dawsonville, April 19, 2013: Tourism is taking a bold step in Dawson County. An industry that generates $1.09 million in annual local tax revenues is changing its look and name in order to better fit the community and tourism attractions it serves. In the March meeting of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors voted to change the name of the tourism entity which is concurrently run out of the Chamber of Commerce office to the Office of Tourism Development. The Board also voted to accept a new logo.

Previously, tourism promotion was conducted by the Convention and Visitors Bureau. The name change was inspired by the rebranding process the Chamber and CVB have been undergoing since last September. Chamber President Christie Haynes stated that, “Residents and visitors alike often questioned what a CVB is and what is its purpose in a community our size. With the name change to Office of Tourism Development, we believe our role in the community is clarified. We are here to promote the abundance of attractions we have to visitors and to help foster new tourism development.”

In addition to the name change, the Board of Directors approved a new logo. The logo was inspired by input from members involved in tourism throughout the community. “Dawsonville and Dawson County have a wide variety of attractions, dining options, lodging, shopping and all around adventures for visitors of all types and all ages. This new logo paints our community as a true destination and allows the Office of Tourism Development flexibility in designing future ads and campaigns to attract more visitors.”

In addition to the name and logo, a new tourism website will be unveiled this summer that will allow visitors to build their own local itineraries. It will highlight all Dawson County has to offer such as agritourism, the North Georgia Premium Outlets, outdoor adventures, the Racing Hall of Fame and much more! This is a bold step in making Dawsonville a top travel destination in North Georgia.

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