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January 6, 2013

Tourism remains big business for Lowndes County

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VALDOSTA — Lowndes County tourism at a glimpse:

• Expenditures- Brought in $234.83 million (1.14 percent distribution).

• Payroll- Brought in $53.58 million (0.81 percent distribution).

• Employment- 2,043 (1.13 percent distribution).

• State Tax- Brought in $9.13 million (0.99 percent distribution).

• Local Tax- $6.87 million (1.18 percent distribution).

Georgia tourism at a glimpse:

• Total domestic and international traveler expenditures in the state totaled $22.7 billion (in current dollars) in 2011, representing an increase of 8 percent from 2010.

• In 2011, total spending generated by domestic travelers in Georgia rose 8.6 percent to $20.5 billion, while international traveler spending increased 2.7 percent to $2.2 billion.

• Domestic and international travelers' spending in Georgia directly supported 238,400 jobs for the Georgia travel industry, rising 1.4 percent compared to 2010.

• On average, every $93,350 spent in Georgia by domestic and international travelers generated one job in 2011.

• In 2011, wages and salaries paid to employees in the Georgia travel industry was up 5.6 percent from 2010 to $7.3 billion.

• Domestic and international traveler expenditures in Georgia generated $1.7 billion in tax revenue for state and local governments in 2011, up 5.1 percent from 2010.

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