TOURISM:     By far the most important industry for the Golden Isles is tourism, which continues to see increases in the number of visitors each year.  Information obtained from multiple year editions of Georgia Trend Magazine indicates that the isles’ tourism has increased an average of 10% each year since 2010.  Visitors to the area during fiscal 2014 totaled 2.4 million, resulting in an economic impact of $1.1 billion and a record $5.3 million in lodging tax collections.  Eight of the 12 months during 2014 were record months.  And while not all lodging statistics are available for fiscal 2015, the President and CEO of the Golden Isles Convention and Visitor’s Bureau reported record numbers of visitors for 2015 as well.  The lodging sector grew by 12% from the previous year and ten of the 12 months in the year were all time records.

Milestones during 2015 that help bring about last year’s increases include the opening of a new welcome center on St. Simons Island, and the filming of several television projects and one major motion picture in the area.  The film, “Live By Night,” starring Ben Affleck…….

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Author: Nancy Rivers