FAM Tour 2014

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Photo[30]The Liberty County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) hosted a familiarization tour (FAM tour) in July with visitor information specialists from the GA Visitors Centers in Savannah and Kingsland.

The purpose of a FAM tour is to allow employees from Georgia Visitor Information Centers to explore other regions of Georgia so that they can speak knowledgably to tourists about those regions and encourage travelers to visit specific destinations.

CVB CEO Leah Poole and Program Manager Amanda Scott took the FAM tour groups to Seabrook Village, Fort Morris, Geechee Kunda and the Midway Museum. Each site has significant historical and cultural value in Liberty County and provided the Visitor Information Specialists with helpful information regarding its operation.

“This tour provided our staff, that welcomes approximately 2,000 to 4,000 people to the State of Georgia daily, the ability to experience Liberty County,” said Savannah Georgia Visitor Information Center Manager Kellie Lord-Zieba. “This first hand experience will be brought back to the Visitor Centers and in turn be conveyed to our many visitors.  Thank you Liberty County for understanding the importance of your state visitor centers to your community!”

According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, “Tourism is big business in Georgia, really big. The Tourism industry in Georgia is the 5th largest employer in the state with a total economic impact of $53.6 billion, supporting more than 411,000 jobs, or 10.2% of all payroll employment in Georgia. Taxes of $2.8 billion were directly and indirectly generated by tourism in 2013. Each household in Georgia would need to be taxed an additional $770 per year to replace the tourism taxes received by state and local governments”

The CVB has information and links to each of the sites visited on their website. Visit www.libertycounty.org and click See Liberty or Enjoy Liberty for more details on these and more attractions in Liberty County. Visitors and residents may also call the CVB at 912-368-3580 for more information.

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